Best Quotes About Failure

The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail. -Napoleon Hill

Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure. -George Edward Woodberry

Why should anybody be interested in some old man who was a failure? -Ernest Hemingway

The only risk of failure is promotion. -Scott Adams

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. -Theodore Roosevelt

A minute's success pays the failure of years. -Robert Browning

I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. -Bill Cosby

There is no failure except in no longer trying. -Elbert Hubbard

You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down. -Mary Pickford

Failure doesn't mean you are a failure it just means you haven't succeeded yet. -Robert H. Schuller

A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in the experience. -Elbert Hubbard

No man is a failure who is enjoying life. -William Feather

You can't have any successes unless you can accept failure. -George Cukor

I always turn to the sports pages first, which records people's accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man's failures. -Earl Warren

Optimism is a kind of heart stimulant – the digitalis of failure. -Elbert Hubbard

Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure. -Earl Wilson

The man who has done his level best… is a success, even though the world may write him down a failure. -B. C. Forbes

If at first you don't succeed, failure may be your style. -Quentin Crisp

The happy people are failures because they are on such good terms with themselves they don't give a damn. -Agatha Christie

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. -Thomas A. Edison

Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure. -Thomas A. Edison

Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure. -Thomas A. Edison

At 30 a man should know himself like the palm of his hand, know the exact number of his defects and qualities, know how far he can go, foretell his failures – be what he is. And, above all, accept these things. -Albert Camus

At the root of many a woman's failure to become a great cook lies her failure to develop a workmanlike regard for knives. -Robert Farrar Capon

The main failure of education is that it has not prepared people to comprehend matters concerning human destiny. -Norman Cousins

Children love and want to be loved and they very much prefer the joy of accomplishment to the triumph of hateful failure. Do not mistake a child for his symptom. -Erik Erikson

My father was not a failure. After all, he was the father of a president of the United States. -Harry S Truman

Never fret for an only son, the idea of failure will never occur to him. -George Bernard Shaw

Americans, who make more of marrying for love than any other people, also break up more of their marriages, but the figure reflects not so much the failure of love as the determination of people not to live without it. -Morton Hunt

We have much to be judged on when he comes, slums and battlefields and insane asylums, but these are the symptoms of our illness and the result of our failures in love. -Madeleine L'Engle

Ambition is the last refuge of the failure. -Oscar Wilde

Destiny: A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure. -Ambrose Bierce

A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it. -Ambrose Bierce

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows. -Buddha

Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk – and to act. -Andre Malraux

The sports page records people's accomplishments, the front page usually records nothing, but man's failures. -Barbara Walters

Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out. -Benjamin Franklin

Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success. -C. S. Lewis

All human actions are equivalent… and all are on principle doomed to failure. -Carl Sandburg

It's how you deal with failure that determines how you achieve success. -Charlotte Whitton

Success or failure depends more upon attitude than upon capacity successful men act as though they have accomplished or are enjoying something. Soon it becomes a reality. Act, look, feel successful, conduct yourself accordingly, and you will be amazed at the positive results. -William James

Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are. -Norman Vincent Peale

Don't think of it as failure. Think of it as time-released success. -Robert Orben

Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit. -Napoleon Hill

Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes. -John Dewey

I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate. -George Burns

If I had permitted my failures, or what seemed to me at the time a lack of success, to discourage me I cannot see any way in which I would ever have made progress. -Calvin Coolidge

In a total work, the failures have their not unimportant place. -May Sarton

A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. -John Burroughs

My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure. -Abraham Lincoln

The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top. -Joyce Brothers

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. -Colin Powell

There is much to be said for failure. It is much more interesting than success. -Max Beerbohm

We failed, but in the good providence of God apparent failure often proves a blessing. -Robert E. Lee

You cannot measure a man by his failures. You must know what use he makes of them. What did they mean to him. What did he get out of them. -Orison Swett Marden

A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your success! -Doug Larson

One of the reasons people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure. -John W. Gardner

People in their handlings of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. If one remains as careful at the end as he was at the beginning, there will be no failure. -Lao Tzu

To begin to think with purpose, is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment. -James Allen

A man who has never made a woman angry is a failure in life. -Christopher Morley

There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no really insurmountable barrier save our own inherent weakness of purpose. -Kin Hubbard

We are all of us failures – at least, the best of us are. -James M. Barrie

There is the greatest practical benefit in making a few failures early in life. -Thomas Huxley

Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one's better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on his ideas, to take a calculated risk, and to act. -Maxwell Maltz

Failure seldom stops you. What stops you is the fear of failure. -Jack Lemmon

An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he's in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots. -Charles Kettering

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. -Winston Churchill

I'm hopeful. I know there is a lot of ambition in Washington, obviously. But I hope the ambitious realize that they are more likely to succeed with success as opposed to failure. -George W. Bush

There is always time for failure. -John Mortimer

The theory seems to be that as long as a man is a failure he is one of God's children, but that as soon as he succeeds he is taken over by the Devil. -H. L. Mencken

To establish true self-esteem we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives. -Denis Waitley

Discipline is based on pride, on meticulous attention to details, and on mutual respect and confidence. Discipline must be a habit so ingrained that it is stronger than the excitement of the goal or the fear of failure. -Gary Ryan Blair

Do not take yourself too seriously. You have to learn not to be dismayed at making mistakes. No human being can avoid failures. -Lawrence G. Lovasik

Forget about the consequences of failure. Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success. -Denis Waitley

Creative risk taking is essential to success in any goal where the stakes are high. Thoughtless risks are destructive, of course, but perhaps even more wasteful is thoughtless caution which prompts inaction and promotes failure to seize opportunity. -Gary Ryan Blair

Every failure is a step to success. -William Whewell

It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success; they much oftener succeed through failures. Precept, study, advice, and example could never have taught them so well as failure has done. -Samuel Smiles

I've come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy. -Tony Robbins

Remember the two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn't work; and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach. -Roger von Oech

The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success. -Paramahansa Yogananda

There are no mistakes, save one: the failure to learn from a mistake. -Robert Fripp

Do not blame anybody for your mistakes and failures. -Bernard Baruch

It has always felt like a failure that Bjorn and I couldn't keep our family together. You never get it back, but to this day I don't regret splitting up. The reason behind our separation is one of those things I definitely don't want to go into! -Agnetha Faltskog

I don't believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process. -Oprah Winfrey

The dream is real, my friends. The failure to realize it is the only unreality. -Toni Cade Bambara

Any man who has $10,000 left when he dies is a failure. -Errol Flynn

The most important of my discoveries have been suggested to me by my failures. -Humphry Davy

Well, I was lucky enough to be involved in about 19 failures at an early age, so I'm realistic about the success I'm having and how quickly it can go away. What's important is to be smart about it. -Matthew Perry

Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement. -Florence Scovel Shinn

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. -Dale Carnegie

One must be a god to be able to tell successes from failures without making a mistake. -Anton Chekhov

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. -Winston Churchill

Success or failure in business is caused more by the mental attitude even than by mental capacities. -Walter Scott

I really don't think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don't mind the failure but I can't imagine that I'd forgive myself if I didn't try. -Nikki Giovanni

Success and failure are greatly overrated. But failure gives you a whole lot more to talk about. -Hildegard Knef

In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. -Bill Cosby

Not failure, but low aim, is crime. -James Russell Lowell

What we have most to fear is failure of the heart. -Sonia Johnson

Most people think of success and failure as opposites, but they both are products of the same process. -Roger von Oech

In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in failure. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Thoughtless risks are destructive, of course, but perhaps even more wasteful is thoughtless caution which prompts inaction and promotes failure to seize opportunity. -Gary Ryan Blair

It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final. -Roger Babson

Translation is the art of failure. -Umberto Eco

Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership. -Colin Powell

The young think that failure is the Siberian end of the line, banishment from all the living, and tend to do what I then did – which was to hide. -James Baldwin

The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it: so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it. -Elbert Hubbard

The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency – the belief that the here and now is all there is. -Allan Bloom

Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday's success or put its failures behind and start over again. That's the way life is, with a new game every day, and that's the way baseball is. -Bob Feller

I find fault with my children because I like them and I want them to go places – uprightness and strength and courage and civil respect and anything that affects the probabilities of failure on the part of those that are closest to me, that concerns me – I find fault. -Branch Rickey

Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure. -Confucius

I'd rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate. -George Burns

It would be great to be able to pass on to someone all of the successes, the failures, and the knowledge that one has had. To help someone, avoid all the fire, pain and anxiety would be wonderful. -Sylvester Stallone

The great question is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with failure. -Laurence J. Peter

Kindness and intelligence don't always deliver us from the pitfalls and traps: there are always failures of love, of will, of imagination. There is no way to take the danger out of human relationships. -Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

I fear that our true motivation is about oil and our own flailing economy; about the failure to destroy Al Qaeda and about revenge. -Dave Matthews

There are no mistakes or failures, only lessons. -Denis Waitley

Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community. -H. G. Wells

I have always been pushed by the negative. The apparent failure of a play sends me back to my typewriter that very night, before the reviews are out. I am more compelled to get back to work than if I had a success. -Tennessee Williams

Success and failure are equally disastrous. -Tennessee Williams

In God's world, for those who are in earnest, there is no failure. No work truly done, no word earnestly spoken, no sacrifice freely made, was ever made in vain. -Frederick William Robertson

Show me a good and gracious loser and I'll show you a failure. -Knute Rockne

There is no such thing as failure. There are only results. -Tony Robbins

The only failure one should fear, is not hugging to the purpose they see as best. -George Eliot

There is only one failure in life possible, and that is not to be true to the best one knows. -George Eliot

I'm proof against that word failure. I've seen behind it. The only failure a man ought to fear is failure of cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best. -George Eliot

Whatever failures I have known, whatever errors I have committed, whatever follies I have witnessed in private and public life have been the consequence of action without thought. -Bernard Baruch

All war represents a failure of diplomacy. -Tony Benn

A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough. -Christian Nestell Bovee

A failure will not appear until a unit has passed final inspection. -Arthur Bloch

I wasn't afraid to fail. Something good always comes out of failure. -Anne Baxter

A man can get discouraged many times but he is not a failure until he begins to blame somebody else and stops trying. -John Burroughs

I hate to be a failure. I hate and regret the failure of my marriages. I would gladly give all my millions for just one lasting marital success. -J. Paul Getty

Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent's pressure, and the temporary failures. -Vince Lombardi

However things may seem, no evil thing is success and no good thing is failure. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Greatly begin. Though thou have time, but for a line, be that sublime. Not failure, but low aim is crime. -James Russell Lowell

We need to teach the highly educated man that it is not a disgrace to fail and that he must analyze every failure to find its cause. He must learn how to fail intelligently, for failing is one of the greatest arts in the world. -Charles Kettering

There is no loneliness greater than the loneliness of a failure. The failure is a stranger in his own house. -Eric Hoffer

Before success comes in any man's life, he's sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That's exactly what the majority of men do. -Napoleon Hill

Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure. -Napoleon Hill

Never walk away from failure. On the contrary, study it carefully and imaginatively for its hidden assets. -Michael Korda

This is true enough, but success is the next best thing to happiness, and if you can't be happy as a success, it's very unlikely that you would find a deeper, truer happiness in failure. -Michael Korda

Notice the difference between what happens when a man says to himself, I have failed three times, and what happens when he says, I am a failure. -S. I. Hayakawa

We do not know, in most cases, how far social failure and success are due to heredity, and how far to environment. But environment is the easier of the two to improve. -John B. S. Haldane

Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure. -Benjamin Disraeli

Use the losses and failures of the past as a reason for action, not inaction. -Charles J. Givens

You will be a failure, until you impress the subconscious with the conviction you are a success. This is done by making an affirmation which 'clicks.' -Florence Scovel Shinn

Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future. -Swami Sivananda

Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility. -Susan Sontag

Success is not forever and failure isn't fatal. -Don Shula

The paranoiac is the exact image of the ruler. The only difference is their position in the world. One might even think the paranoiac the more impressive of the two because he is sufficient unto himself and cannot be shaken by failure. -Elias Canetti

There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man's lack of faith in his true Self. -William James

If I have any justification for having lived it's simply, I'm nothing but faults, failures and so on, but I have tried to make a good pair of shoes. There's some value in that. -Arthur Miller

Life is the only art that we are required to practice without preparation, and without being allowed the preliminary trials, the failures and botches, that are essential for training. -Lewis Mumford

No matter how vast, how total, the failure of man here on earth, the work of man will be resumed elsewhere. War leaders talk of resuming operations on this front and that, but man's front embraces the whole universe. -Henry Miller

'Pressure' is a word that is misused in our vocabulary. When you start thinking of pressure, it's because you've started to think of failure. -Tommy Lasorda

Rather than viewing a brief relapse back to inactivity as a failure, treat it as a challenge and try to get back on track as soon as possible. -Jimmy Connors

Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. -George Washington Carver

When we can begin to take our failures seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves. -Katherine Mansfield

It's best to have failure happen early in life. It wakes up the Phoenix bird in you so you rise from the ashes. -Anne Baxter

The world is divided into two categories: failures and unknowns. -Francis Picabia

When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work. -George Bernard Shaw

The most tragic paradox of our time is to be found in the failure of nation-states to recognize the imperatives of internationalism. -Earl Warren

It really is impossible not to like him. His success was his failure. -Arthur C. Danto

Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragements and doubts. We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts, and the painful groping. -Ethel Barrymore

The freedom to fail is vital if you're going to succeed. Most successful people fail from time to time, and it is a measure of their strength that failure merely propels them into some new attempt at success. -Michael Korda

All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: Act as if it were impossible to fail. That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right about face which turns us from failure to success. -Dorothea Brande

We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery. -Samuel Smiles

My reputation grows with every failure. -George Bernard Shaw

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. -Winston Churchill

About the only problem with success is that it does not teach you how to deal with failure. -Tommy Lasorda

There is something good in all seeming failures. You are not to see that now. Time will reveal it. Be patient. -Swami Sivananda

It is often the failure who is the pioneer in new lands, new undertakings, and new forms of expression. -Eric Hoffer

I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure – which is: Try to please everybody. -Herbert Bayard Swope

You always pass failure on your way to success. -Mickey Rooney

We climb to heaven most often on the ruins of our cherished plans, finding our failures were successes. -Amos Bronson Alcott

No failure in America, whether of love or money, is ever simple; it is always a kind of betrayal, of a mass of shadowy, shared hopes. -Greil Marcus

I've always believed that it's important to show a new look periodically. Predictability can lead to failure. -T. Boone Pickens

The failure of women to have reached positions of leadership has been due in large part to social and professional discrimination. -Rosalyn Sussman Yalow

It is better to be young in your failures than old in your successes. -Flannery O'Connor

You must accept that you might fail; then, if you do your best and still don't win, at least you can be satisfied that you've tried. If you don't accept failure as a possibility, you don't set high goals, you don't branch out, you don't try – you don't take the risk. -Rosalynn Carter

The intelligence failures with respect to Iraq were massive and have damaged our credibility around the world. -Carl Levin

Man's sin is in his failure to live what he is. Being the master of the earth, man forgets that he is the servant of God. -Abraham Joshua Heschel

Do not let your ambitions become a sanctuary for your failures. -Bryant H. McGill

While it is important for people to see your promise you must also remember that hope is the keeper of both happiness and disappointment, the father of both progress and failure. -Bryant H. McGill

War remains the decisive human failure. -John Kenneth Galbraith

The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure. -Lyndon B. Johnson

The success or failure of a life, as far as posterity goes, seems to lie in the more or less luck of seizing the right moment of escape. -Alice James

A ratio of failures is built into the process of writing. The wastebasket has evolved for a reason. -Margaret Atwood

Fear of failure must never be a reason not to try something. -Frederick W. Smith

Don't fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have. -Louis E. Boone

It takes two to make a marriage a success and only one to make it a failure. -Herbert Samuel

The man who has won millions at the cost of his conscience is a failure. -B. C. Forbes

With engineering, I view this year's failure as next year's opportunity to try it again. Failures are not something to be avoided. You want to have them happen as quickly as you can so you can make progress rapidly. -Gordon Moore

I have never described the time I was in Doctor Who as anything except a kind of ecstatic success, but all the rest has been rather a muddle and a disappointment. Compared to Doctor Who, it has been an outrageous failure really – it's so boring. -Tom Baker

The only failure is not to try. -George Clooney

Mr. Gonzales' failure to respond to questions legitimately posed to him by the Senate raises grave doubts in my mind as to his fitness to serve the people of the United States as their Attorney General. -Daniel Inouye

I rise today to offer a formal and heartfelt apology to all the victims of lynching in our history, and for the failure of the United States Senate to take action when action was most needed. -George Allen

It has now been over 7 years since Congress last raised the minimum wage to its current level of $5.15 per hour. Since that last increase, Congress's failure to adjust the wage for inflation has reduced the purchasing power of the minimum wage to record low levels. -Jon Corzine

Over the next four years, we will be bold. We will be willing to experiment. We will not fear failure. -Matt Blunt

Achievement is not always success, while reputed failure often is. It is honest endeavor, persistent effort to do the best possible under any and all circumstances. -Orison Swett Marden

My life has been nothing but a failure. -Claude Monet

Entrepreneurs are risk takers, willing to roll the dice with their money or reputation on the line in support of an idea or enterprise. They willingly assume responsibility for the success or failure of a venture and are answerable for all its facets. -Victor Kiam

You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give. -E. O. Wilson

If those committed to the quest fail, they will be forgiven. When lost, they will find another way. The moral imperative of humanism is the endeavor alone, whether successful or not, provided the effort is honorable and failure memorable. -E. O. Wilson

I don't know why I started writing. I don't know why anybody does it. Maybe they're bored, or failures at something else. -Cormac McCarthy

There's tons of creative people in television that have one failure after another, and they just step up higher. I could never get over that. When I had a failure, there was no such thing as just getting over it. -Chuck Barris

Mohammed was not an apparent failure. He was a dazzling success, politically as well as spiritually, and Islam went from strength to strength to strength. -Karen Armstrong

The rise of China as a new power is another great challenge for the US. Our failure to properly handle Germany and Japan earlier in the 20th century cost us and the world dearly. We must not make this same mistake with China. -Steve Forbes

One's only rival is one's own potentialities. One's only failure is failing to live up to one's own possibilities. In this sense, every man can be a king, and must therefore be treated like a king. -Abraham Maslow

You have to look at the history of the Middle East in particular. It has been one of failure and frustration, of feudalism and tribalism. -Alexander Haig

Having in my life been bitten by the jaws of both victory and defeat, I must rush to add that success is to failure as butter pecan ice cream is to death. -Rupert Holmes

Is the proposed operation likely to succeed? What might the consequences of failure? Is it in the realm of practicability in terms of material and supplies? -Chester W. Nimitz

I never see failure as failure, but only as the game I must play and win. -Tom Hopkins

Indecision and delays are the parents of failure. -George Canning

Slowly the poison the whole blood stream fills. It is not the effort nor the failure tires. The waste remains, the waste remains and kills. -William Empson

People accuse me of being Methody, but I'm not at all. The one thing I don't want people to see is me. I don't want them to be able to recognize my faults and failures and qualities, and I won't use those things to spark off emotions or to illustrate. -Kristin Scott Thomas

By virtually any measure, the record of the Republican Majority is an appalling failure. -Sheila Jackson Lee

At 49, I can say something I never would have said when I was a player, that I'm a better person because of my failures and disgraces. -Bill Walton

No man can be a failure if he thinks he's a success; If he thinks he is a winner, then he is. -Robert W. Service

You can be discouraged by failure, or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes, make all you can. Because, remember that's where you'll find success – on the far side of failure. -Thomas J. Watson

Our managers hadn't had that kind of success – the record company hadn't, we hadn't – and the feeling was that the next record had to be even bigger, and if it wasn't it would be some kind of failure. -Roland Gift

You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space. -Johnny Cash

The failure to dissect the cause of war leaves us open for the next installment. -Chris Hedges

America's most dangerous diseases have developed an immunity to politics. We suffer not from a failure of political organization or power, but a failure of love. -Cal Thomas

I believe only in art and failure. -Jane Rule

Never permit failure to become a habit. -William Frederick Book

The failure of Socialism since 1945 is that whilst encouraging us all, the creators of wealth, to produce less through strikes, it has caused us all to demand a higher level of our own product. -Brian Harris

I knew that there were several, among African-American leaders, who had been put out by me because of my failure or reluctance to endorse Sen. Kerry. -Rodney Alexander

Of course, Third World leaders love you. By ascribing third world ills to First World sins, you absolve them of blame for their countries' failure to advance. -John McCarthy

Like success, failure is many things to many people. With Positive Mental Attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order and prepare to try again. -W. Clement Stone

He who has conquered doubt and fear has conquered failure. -James Lane Allen

To begin to think with purpose, is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment. -James Lane Allen

You find that all men are successes or failures. Success is the stamp of truth. I will say all men who fail to place their feet on the dome of facts do so by not sieving all truth and throwing the faulty to one side. -Andrew Taylor Still

Heaven knows that I have done all that a mortal could do, to save the people, and the failure was not my fault, but the fault of others. -Davy Crockett

Success is 99 percent failure. -Soichiro Honda

The future of Conservatism lies in our beliefs and values, not by throwing them away. We need to shed associations that bind us to past failures, but hold faith with those things that make us Conservatives. -Iain Duncan Smith

I think I've failed every test I've ever taken. If there was a failure I would have been it. -Lisa Marie Presley

A life which does not go into action is a failure. -Arnold J. Toynbee

Once you start a working on something, don't be afraid of failure and don't abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest. -Chanakya

You cannot learn anything from success, you only learn from failure. -Jim Dale

Most of us spend the first six days of each week sowing wild oats; then we go to church on Sunday and pray for a crop failure. -Fred Allen

It takes 10 million failures to find the right stuff. -George Lindsey

Sometimes you learn more from failure than you do from success, and in some ways it's better to have failure at the beginning of your career, or your life. -Michael Crawford

We don't grow unless we take risks. Any successful company is riddled with failures. -James E. Burke

When I was about 15… I made my first attempt as a leading lady, and was, of course, a complete failure. -Maude Adams

Don't be afraid of failure; be afraid of petty success. -Maude Adams

Life is so fresh, life is every day so new if we are fighting, only for the best. Sometimes I think the only real satisfaction in life is failure, failure in your endeavor to do your best. -Maude Adams

I was never afraid of failure after that because, I think, coming that close to death you get kissed. With the years, the actual experience of course fades, but the flavor of it doesn't. I just had a real sense of what choice do I have but to live fully? -Debra Winger

Elegance is not a dispensable luxury but a factor that decides between success and failure. -Edsger Dijkstra

The main reason for the failure of the modern medical science is that it is dealing with results and not causes. Nothing more than the patching up of those attacked and the burying of those who are slain, without a thought being given to the real strong hold. -Edward Bach

Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final. -Roger Babson

Y'know, the real reason why I was such a failure in the sense of being unable to make any sort of a living was because I was really not motivated. I had no motivation. -Paul Twitchell

There are millions of ways for people to die, if you number each vital organ, each ways it can fail, all the poisons from the earth and the sea which can cause these failures. -Steven Brust

One of the biggest problems with the modern feminist movement is its failure to bring men along with us. -Tammy Bruce

There is only one real failure in life that is possible, and that is, not to be true to the best one knows. -Frederic William Farrar

First of all we have to recognize that despite all the problems – and in some cases failures – that this regime has been much more successful, much more resilient, than people had anticipated. -Mitchell Reiss

For four years, I listened to stories of intelligence failures, and it wasn't due to incompetence of anyone in the system, but that the system is so arcane. -Charles Bass

Outward failure may be a manifested variant of inward success. -Kenneth L. Pike

And every now and then people find the bugs, and they interpret those as cool failures in the Sims terms. For them it's like a treasure hunt, you know. -Will Wright

Educational institutes can no longer be prizes in church politics or furnish berths for failure in other walks of life. -E. Franklin Frazier

If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate. -Thomas J. Watson

The key to accepting responsibility for your life is to accept the fact that your choices, every one of them, are leading you inexorably to either success or failure, however you define those terms. -Neal Boortz

Hollywood… a city I was to come back to time and again, in sickness and in health, in success and in failure, with anticipation and with dread. -Dirk Benedict

I think you can learn as much from success as you can from failure. -Corey Hart

I think our failure in the production of good town churches of distinctive character must have struck you often, as it has me, when contrasted with our comparative success in country churches. -George Edmund Street

I think somehow you need to get to a certain point in your life where the notion of failure is absurd. -Jeff Tweedy

Our failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq thus far has been deeply troubling, and our intelligence-gathering process needs thorough and unbiased investigation. -Adam Schiff

I failed first grade, which is my biggest problem. You always feel like a failure, like you're stupid. -Amy Sedaris

I understand the harsh feelings and sentiments from my opponents and their supporters because I myself have been defeated twice in my political life in the past and I understand very well it is hard to accept your own failure. -Chen Shui-bian

Their lives have been largely defined by failure and you would think the prospect of marriage, which is supposed to be bountiful and hopeful, it's just really another kind of tangential thing in his life. -Thomas Haden Church

But all actors go through the process, it's hit and miss, you have achievement and failure. -Thomas Haden Church

The failures and successes are necessary for learning. -Wynonna Judd

My story of success and failure is not just about music and being famous. It's about living and loving and trying to find purpose in this crazy world. -Wynonna Judd

I think that the failures of Enron and WorldCom and other companies are partially failures of investors to recognize companies that are selling for a thousand times nothing, but chances are they may be worth only that. -Arthur Levitt

It breaks my heart to see these young, really talented bands getting chewed up into the system. I remember a time if you'd signed to a major label it was such a sell out! But now… unless you've signed to a big label, you're a failure now. -Mike Peters

I mean, the truth of the matter is, I like the failures as much as I like the successes, it's only the world that doesn't like the failures. -Sydney Pollack

The very reasons sometimes that you make a film are the reasons for its failure. -Sydney Pollack

What helped me most were my failures and slumps – when I couldn't get work, people weren't interested in me or had written me off. -Frank Langella

To harmonize the One with the Many, this is indeed a difficult adjustment, perhaps the most difficult of all, and so important, withal, that nations have perished from their failure to achieve it. -Irving Babbitt

Definitely, it's a fear of failure that drives me. -Jerry Bruckheimer

I believe in trusting men, not only once but twice – in giving a failure another chance. -James Cash Penney

Success is not built on success. It's built on failure. It's built on frustration. Sometimes its built on catastrophe. -Sumner Redstone

What is more comforting to the terrorists around the world: the failure to pass the 9/11 legislation because we lacked a majority of the majority,' or putting aside partisan politics to enact tough new legislation with America's security foremost in mind? -Rahm Emanuel

Humanitarian missions are little different from any other public enterprise, diplomacy included, which is susceptible of misinterpretation by the public, hence ultimately of failure. -Alvin Adams

It is commonly said that a teacher fails if he has not been surpassed by his students. There has been no failure on our part in this regard considering how far they have gone. -Edmond H. Fischer

The failure of Christianity in the areas west from Sicily was even greater, and was increased by the spread of Arab outlooks and influence to that area, and especially to Spain. -Carroll Quigley

If Liberia has failed, then, it is no evidence of the failure of the Negro in government. It is merely evidence of the failure of slavery. -Carter G. Woodson

Well, I think it's too early to call Fallujah a failure. -Chuck Schumer

Before this government came to power, many failing schools were simply allowed to drift on in a pattern of continuing failure. The government is determined to break that pattern and is successfully doing so. -Estelle Morris

But if you look at WorldCom, which is the biggest failure to date, they grew dramatically, they were buying companies that were bigger than they were and they were doing it off inflated stock. -Don Nickles

You accept failure as a possible outcome of some of the experiments. If you don't get failures, you're not pushing hard enough on the objectives. -John Poindexter

This attempt to isolate cell constituents might have been a failure if they had been destroyed by the relative brutality of the technique employed. But this did not happen. -Albert Claude

This dullness of vision regarding the importance of the general welfare to the individual is the measure of the failure of our schools and churches to teach the spiritual significance of genuine democracy. -Henry A. Wallace

The moral turpitude of the boys of today appears to center in their failure to concentrate on any particular objective long enough to obtain their maximum results. -Major Taylor

We are equally glad and surprised at Winston's return to office. It shows that he was built for success that he should have declined to withdraw and sulk over a superficial failure. -Shane Leslie

Abandoning the project was incredibly stressful after having gone through the process of building the room, installing the kiln, collecting the stones, sitting with the kiln day and night as it came to temperature, experiencing the failures. -Andy Goldsworthy

Foreign aid is neither a failure nor a panacea. It is, instead, an important tool of American policy that can serve the interests of the United States and the world if wisely administered. -Lee H. Hamilton

When runaway inflation and bank failures struck in Germany in the 1920s, the middle class was destroyed, which led directly to the rise of the Nazis. -Nick Clooney

I just think that it's maybe fashionable today to try to take individual actions and individual failures and take the broadest possible brush and try to paint a company. -Lee Scott

One of the great intellectual failures of the American intelligence community, and especially the counterterrorism community, is to assume if someone hasn't attacked us, it's because he can't or because we've defeated him. -Michael Scheuer

The most basic obligation we have to our veterans is that we keep the promises that were made to them. That is what makes the recent failures of the Veterans Administration so shameful. -Doc Hastings

As efforts to fix this failure at the Veterans Administration continue, I also intend to persist in demanding answers and action on the establishment of a new clinic to serve the veterans in North Central Washington. -Doc Hastings

But if you have a solid walk with the Lord, then you won't fear that failure. -Cliff Richard

I want to swim in both directions at once. Desire success, court failure. -Alan Rickman

At first I wasn't sure that I had the talent, but I did know I had a fear of failure, and that fear compelled me to fight off anything that might abet it. -Gordon Parks

When I got Jacob's Latter, I was nervous because I felt I wasn't allowed to fail. I felt that they were waiting for one little failure and that would prove them right and I'd be, 'out of there.' -Elizabeth Pena

I think he Oswald felt he was a failure and for the United States and for President Kennedy and all of us. He knew he was a failure at everything he tried, frustrated, with a very sad life, but he was a Marxist. -John Sherman Cooper

For after my marriage I had made various attempts to write fiction. They were clearly failures. -Mary Augusta Ward

If you're the type of person who has to fulfill your dreams, you've gotta be resourceful to make sure you can do it. I came out to California when I was 21, thinking my New York credentials would take me all the way. I came back home a year later all dejected and a failure. -Vin Diesel

Questioning the nature and implications of liminal instances necessarily involves failure, if only in the specifically technical sense of entering spaces where prevailing criteria of success scarcely apply. -Brian Ferneyhough

There would seem to be a limit, even for an art preoccupied with boundaries and transgressions, beyond which a work reaches its breaking point and becomes an actual failure, a mere experimentation. -Brian Ferneyhough

It must not be forgotten in fairness to the National Government that apartheid is not just a policy of oppression but an attempt – in my opinion an attempt doomed to failure – to find an alternative to a policy of racial integration which is fair to both white and black. -Harry Oppenheimer

But while success and failure depend on conditions, the mind neither waxes nor wanes. -Bodhidharma

If we do not get No Child Left Behind right for Limited English Proficient students, the law will be a failure for most schools in the 15th Congressional District, and for many across the nation. -Ruben Hinojosa

American democracy must be a failure because it places the supreme authority in the hands of the poorest and most ignorant part of the society. -Thomas Babington Macaulay

Sometimes people call me a success for all the reasons that make me think I'm a failure. -William Hurt

I didn't fear failure. I expected failure. -Amy Tan

I think I've always been somebody, since the deaths of my father and brother, who was afraid to hope. So, I was more prepared for failure and for rejection than for success. -Amy Tan

How one handles success or failure is determined by their early childhood. -Harold Ramis

There may be some backward countries where the mass of the people are on a subsistence level and where, as an aftermath of wars or partial crop failures, the standard of living has to be drastically reduced, but this certainly is not the case in our prosperous nations. -Charles E. Wilson

Feeling is the consciousness of the resulting conditions – of success, failure, equilibrium, compromise or balance, in this continuous rivalry of ideas. -James Mark Baldwin

So I try not to have any actual expectations for myself for any level of success or failure. -Gavin DeGraw

A hatred of failure has always been part of my nature. -J. Paul Getty

The pressures are intense, because the rewards for success and the penalty for failure are more and more. -Alan Hansen

War is failure of diplomacy. -John Dingell

Young players need freedom of expression to develop as creative players… they should be encouraged to try skills without fear of failure. -Arsene Wenger

I will not be discouraged by failure; I will not be elated by success. -Joseph Barber Lightfoot

The success and the failure are not my concern, but His. -Joseph Barber Lightfoot

We do not realise that we are children of eternity. If we did, then success would be no success, and failure would be no failure to us. -Joseph Barber Lightfoot

The failure in Ohio to have adequate voting capacity for the people who were registered and eligible to vote was an absolute denial of their right to vote. -Carol Moseley Braun

After that he turned to the question of invading England. Hitler said that during the previous year he could not afford to risk a possible failure; apart from that, he had not wished to provoke the British, as he hoped to arrange peace talks. -Kurt Student

The failure of the system to deal quickly was attributable to Nixon's lying, stonewalling and refusal to come clean. So it took 26 months for the final truth to be known. -Bob Woodward

Nixon's grand mistake was his failure to understand that Americans are forgiving, and if he had admitted error early and apologized to the country, he would have escaped. -Bob Woodward

The Soviet Union did not achieve victory over the West, so was my information inadequate to help them to victory, or did it play no particular role in their failure to achieve victory? -Aldrich Ames

The one phrase you can use is that success has a thousand fathers, and failure is an orphan. -Alan Price

His failures are as valuable as his successes: by misjudging one thing he conforms something else, even if at the time he does not know what that something else is. -Bridget Riley

I saw why people died and how they died. I saw gunshot wounds and liver failure. It was a good learning experience, so I came regularly on weekends and holidays. -Michael Baden

Tragedy in life normally comes with betrayal and compromise, and trading on your integrity and not having dignity in life. That's really where failure comes. -Tom Cochrane

In high school, in sport, I had a coach who told me I was much better than I thought I was, and would make me do more in a positive sense. He was the first person who taught me not to be afraid of failure. -Mike Krzyzewski

I think some parents now look at a youngster failing as the final thing. It's a process, and failure is part of the process. I would like it if the teacher and the parents would connect more. I think that used to be, but we're losing a little bit of that right now. -Mike Krzyzewski

I've tried to handle winning well, so that maybe we'll win again, but I've also tried to handle failure well. If those serve as good examples for teachers and kids, then I hope that would be a contribution I have made to sport. Not just basketball, but to sport. -Mike Krzyzewski

In a sense it might even be said that our failure is to form habits: for, after all, habit is relative to a stereotyped world, and meantime it is only the roughness of the eye that makes two persons, things, situations, seem alike. -Walter Pater

Fear of failure has always been my best motivator. -Douglas Wood

Success breeds success, and failure leads to a sort of fallow period. -Felicity Kendal

The reason was the failure of both Japan and China to understand each other and the inability of America and the European powers to sympathize, without prejudice, with the peoples of East Asia. -Hideki Tojo

So it is in poetry. All we ask is that the mood recorded shall impress us as having been of the kind that exhausts the imaginative capacity; if it fails to do this the failure will announce itself either in prose or in insignificant verse. -John Drinkwater

My failure, during the first five or six years of my art training, to get set in the right direction, and the disappointment which it caused me, drove me the more persistently into writing as an alternative. -Laurence Housman

Fear comes in two packages fear of failure, and sometimes, fear of success. -Tom Kite

Catastrophes are often stimulated by the failure to feel the emergence of a domain, and so what cannot be felt in the imagination is experienced as embodied sensation in the catastrophe. -William Irwin Thompson

You learn just as much from your failures. Sometimes you love your failures even more. -Tina Weymouth

I don't think there's any way it could have failed. We don't know failure in this band. We didn't know failure. We got to know it a little after awhile but at that time there was no such word. -Roger Daltrey

And in reality, I don't think it's a real documentary. It's more a story of her life. It's a story of survival. It's a story of the time in which she lived. The story of success and failure. -Maximilian Schell

And I went to New York and died; for 10 years I walked those pavements. I can't think of New York without feeling uncomfortable and feeling like a failure. -Harvey Korman

A love of nature is a consolation against failure. -Berthe Morisot

The failure of the Russian Socialist Republic will be the defeat of the proletariat of the whole world. -Karl Liebknecht

I'm very comfortable with failure. I'm very comfortable being the guy who disappoints people. -Steven Soderbergh

Sometimes a noble failure serves the world as faithfully as a distinguished success. -Edward Dowden

If you're 40 years old and you've never had a failure, you've been deprived. -Gloria Swanson

But whatever my failure, I have this thing to remember – that I was a pioneer in my profession, just as my grandfathers were in theirs, in that I was the first man in this section to earn his living as a writer. -Robert E. Howard

Philanthropic colonization is a failure. National colonization will succeed. -Theodor Herzl

All I can do will only ever be a faint image of what I see and my success will always be less than my failure or perhaps equal to the failure. -Alberto Giacometti

The miserable failures of capitalist economies in the Great Depression were root causes of worldwide social and political disasters. -James Tobin

The failure of the United Nations – My failure is maybe, in retrospective, that I was not enough aggressive with the members of the Security Council. -Boutros Boutros-Ghali

The fact that The Bridge contains folk lore and other material suitable to the epic form need not therefore prove its failure as a long lyric poem, with interrelated sections. -Hart Crane

As kids we're not taught how to deal with success; we're taught how to deal with failure. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. If at first you succeed, then what? -Charlie Sheen

The greatest failure is that although we have created institutions, we have not created a civil society. -Paddy Ashdown

Directly after the show people might have responded better to it, but who really knows. It did what it did and while it seems like a failure to most but it was a success for me and has given me so many opportunities. -Justin Guarini

The mere thought of divorce terrified me. To me, divorce symbolized failure. -Annette Funicello

The failure of The Cable Guy impacted my career. I had to start writing and acting again. -Ben Stiller

It's probably foolish to expect relationships to go on forever and to say that because something only lasts 10 years, it's a failure. -James Taylor

We all struggle with our failure to communicate and our failure to reach beyond fear to love people. -Mira Sorvino

A film's success or failure is strictly on the director's shoulders. -Robin Tunney

The Soviet Union has indeed been our greatest menace, not so much because of what it has done, but because of the excuses it has provided us for our failures. -J. William Fulbright

Predicting has a spotty record in science fiction. I've had some failures. On the other hand, I also predicted the fall of the Berlin Wall and the rise of fundamentalist Islam… and I'm not happy to be right in all of those cases. -David Brin

Something is wanting, and something must be done, or we shall be involved in all the horror of failure, and civil war without a prospect of its termination. -Henry Knox

As I said there is nothing wrong with failing. Pick yourself up and try it again. You never are going to know how good you really are until you go out and face failure. -Henry Kravis

Most of the work performed by a development engineer results in failure. -Koichi Tanaka

In a previous life I wrote the software that controlled my physics experiments. That software had to deal with all kinds of possible failures in equipment. That is probably where I learned to rely on multiple safety nets inside and around my systems. -Wietse Venema

My Brat Pack buddies and I didn't exactly handle celebrity very well. Success at an early age is far more difficult to handle than failure. -Judd Nelson

With failure, you just try again. -Judd Nelson

There is an increasingly pervasive sense not only of failure, but of futility. The legislative process has become a cruel shell game and the service system has become a bureaucratic maze, inefficient, incomprehensible, and inaccessible. -Elliot Richardson

The carrying out of the Potsdam Agreement has, however, been obstructed by the failure of the Allied Control Council to take the necessary steps to enable the German economy to function as an economic unit. -James F. Byrnes

War is something Arafat sends others to do for him. That is, the poor souls who believe in him. This pompous incompetent caused the failure of the Camp David negotiations, Clinton's mediation. -Oriana Fallaci

So the poet, who wants to be something that he cannot be, and is a failure in plain life, makes up fictitious versions of his predicament that are interesting even to other persons because nobody is a perfect automobile salesman. -Allen Tate

So nevertheless, what I'm saying is that what one is – one's parameters are constantly narrowed by one's success, and my desire is to widen my field even if I risk failure. -Jeremy Irons

I constantly experience failure in that my work is never as good as I want it to be. So I live with failure. -Jeremy Irons

The only reason my work seems to be eclectic up to a certain period is because I was a failure as an actor. -Hugh Grant

It's not a very high failure rate if you choose people that you really like the sound of. -Bryan Ferry

We have actually experienced in recent months a dramatic demonstration of an unprecedented intelligence failure, perhaps the most significant intelligence failure in the history of the United States. -Zbigniew Brzezinski

I don't know many people, if any, who have had some straight line toward success. I mean, they start here, they work hard, they've got what it takes, and they just go straight to the top over some number of years. Most people get a little failure. -Sam Donaldson

The assertion of failure coming from such persons does not mean that Mr. Mill failed to promote the practical success of those objects the advocacy of which forms the chief feature of his political writings. -Millicent Fawcett

Well, I think first of all there was a failure to have real, clear information at our disposal. There was a real lack of situational awareness. We didn't have the capabilities on the ground to give us real-time, accurate assessments of the physical condition of the city. -Michael Chertoff

There was a failure to recognize the deep problems in AI; for instance, those captured in Blocks World. The people building physical robots learned nothing. -Marvin Minsky

People in the business will stay with you through drugs and alcohol and divorces and insanity and everything else, but you have a failure, pal, and they don't want to know nothing about you! -Don Johnson

Even though some of the films I've made haven't been particularly commercial, I don't find them failures. -Don Johnson

Twenty million more have Chronic Kidney Disease, where patients experience a gradual deterioration of kidney function, the end result of which is kidney failure. -Xavier Becerra

African Americans make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population but comprise 32 percent of patients treated for kidney failure, giving them a kidney failure rate that is 4.2 times greater than that of white Americans. -Xavier Becerra

We decided to try in vitro, because both Peter and I felt we couldn't handle another failure. When I miscarried after that, we had to come to terms with the possibility that this wasn't meant to be. -Christie Brinkley

I think many experiences are bound to be failures, and sometimes I regret them before they even happen. -Keren Ann

Success represents the 1% of your work which results from the 99% that is called failure. -Soichiro Honda

My only failure was the restaurant in Myrtle Beach. I kept it open for four years. It was in a tourist town, it was only busy four and half, five months of the year. But the bills kept coming all year. -Mickey Gilley

Los Angeles was an impression of failure, of disappointment, of despair, and of oddly makeshift lives. This is California? I thought. -Joseph Barbera

In our tabulation of psychoanalytic results, we have classed those who stopped treatment together with those not improved. This appears to be reasonable; a patient who fails to finish his treatment, and is not improved, is surely a therapeutic failure. -Hans Eysenck

You can't be afraid of failure and you can't be afraid of success, because either one gets in the way of your work. -Dave Van Ronk

The time I had waited probably made the difference between success and failure. -Anna Neagle

Success isn't permanent and failure isn't fatal. -Mike Ditka

So that the failures to pass a civil rights bill isn't because of Black Power, isn't because of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; it's not because of the rebellions that are occurring in the major cities. -Stokely Carmichael

I know acts and I'm not going to name names but these people sold ten million copies the first time and the second album sells three million and it's considered a failure and they're dropped and that's really a shame. -Gerry Beckley

I'd rather have huge success and huge failures than travel in the middle of the road. -Kevyn Aucoin

To me, all war is failure for humanity, though it often is a bounty for commerce. -Mark Edwards

But our energy woes are in many ways the result of classic market failures that can only be addressed through collective action, and government is the vehicle for collective action in a democracy. -Sherwood Boehlert

I think it's one of the main negative emotional ingredients that fuels show business, because there's so much at stake and the fear of failure looms large. -Garry Shandling

Well first of all it's a business and it's a tough business, and you have to have the strength to survive all the set backs all the failures that make this a mean business, that's getting meaner and meaner every year in my opinion. -Robert Redford

The defense of our democracy against the forces that threaten it from without has made some of its failures to function at home glaringly apparent. -Wendell Willkie

I met Ashley two weeks before I married him. It was a joke-the most ridiculous thing I've ever done. Once I was married, I didn't want to be a failure, so I stuck it out for six months, which was about six months too long. -Shannen Doherty

That sense of failure, I don't know where people put it who don't write songs and aren't able to emote physically. It must go somewhere. -Sting

It was an interesting question as to whether the BBC had a future in the digital world, and what form of market failure could justify the licence fee system. -Gavyn Davies

Sometimes you're not even sure which of your stories were failures. There are things I've written that I thought were complete catastrophes when I finished with them that have gone on to generate some of my most positive feedback. -Len Wein

I have a lack of fear, whereas in the past the fear of failure was a powerful motivator. Anyway, I have great expectations for the future, but I just don't know if I'm the monarch of all I survey. -Sylvester Stallone

Success is usually the culmination of controlling failure. -Sylvester Stallone

In Torch Song, I did that character almost non-stop from 1978 until I made the movie in 1987. Then I had some failure, which also colors how you react to doing other things. -Harvey Fierstein

Pharmaceutical companies are enjoying unprecedented profits and access with this Administration. Yet the Republicans' prescription drug plan for seniors has been a colossal failure, and over 43 million Americans wake up every morning without health insurance. -Jim Clyburn

It is Basic Management 101 that if you reward failure you are going to get more failure, and if you want success you should reward success. But if you look at the way this administration has approached national security, they have kind of got that principle backwards. -Chris Van Hollen

When an action is once done, it is right or wrong for ever; no accidental failure of its good or evil fruits can possibly alter that. -William Kingdon Clifford

The Bush Administration's failure to be consistently involved in helping Israel achieve peace with the Palestinians has been both wrong for our friendship with Israel, as well as badly damaging to our standing in the Arab world. -Barack Obama

If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. -Dan Quayle

If you try to do your best there is no failure. -Mike Farrell

Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be. -John Wooden

Remember that failure is an event, not a person. -Zig Ziglar

He only is exempt from failures who makes no efforts. -Richard Whately

Not failure, but low aim is sin. -Benjamin E. Mays

Nothing fails like failure. -Margaret Drabble

Don't come home a failure. -Ty Cobb

It is on our failures that we base a new and different and better success. -Havelock Ellis

Is anarchism possible? The failure of attempts to attain freedom does not mean the cause is lost. -Johann Most

Students rarely disappoint teachers who assure them in advance that they are doomed to failure. -Sidney Hook

Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it. -Thomas Sowell

You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure. -Zig Ziglar

The only real failure in life is one not learned from. -Anthony J. D'Angelo

My failures have been errors in judgment, not of intent. -Ulysses S. Grant

There is no such thing as darkness; only a failure to see. -Malcolm Muggeridge

There's no such thing as failure – just waiting for success. -John Osborne

They who have conquered doubt and fear have conquered failure. -James Allen

War, except in self-defense, is a failure of moral imagination. -Bill Moyers

Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination. -Edward Abbey

If there exists no possibility of failure, then victory is meaningless. -Robert H. Schuller

If you're not a born-again Christian, you're a failure as a human being. -Jerry Falwell

Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts. -John Wooden

I think success has no rules, but you can learn a great deal from failure. -Jean Kerr

If you're doing your best, you won't have any time to worry about failure. -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The will to persevere is often the difference between failure and success. -David Sarnoff

Success is often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable. -Coco Chanel

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying. -Michael Jordan

It's not necessary to fear the prospect of failure but to be determined not to fail. -Jimmy Carter

In all our deeds, the proper value and respect for time determines success or failure. -Malcolm X

My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them. -Jack Kerouac

It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. -Bill Gates

Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence. -Colin Powell

Feminism is doomed to failure because it is based on an attempt to repeal and restructure human nature. -Phyllis Schlafly

He who risks and fails can be forgiven. He who never risks and never fails is a failure in his whole being. -Paul Tillich

Bank failures are caused by depositors who don't deposit enough money to cover losses due to mismanagement. -Dan Quayle

I don't believe in astrology. The only stars I can blame for my failures are those that walk about the stage. -Noel Coward

Laziness is a secret ingredient that goes into failure. But it's only kept a secret from the person who fails. -Robert Half

A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. -Elbert Hubbard

Nothing succeeds, they say, like success. And certainly nothing fails like failure. -Margaret Drabble

There's a difference between a failure and a fiasco… a fiasco is a disaster of mythic proportions. -Orlando Bloom

Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure. -George Eliot

Civilization is a failure. We need to think what we can do together in love and peace. -Serj Tankian

Don't be afraid of missing opportunities. Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed. -Lily Tomlin

You have to risk failure to succeed. The important thing is not to make one single mistake that will jeopardize the future. -An Wang

They talk about the failure of socialism but where is the success of capitalism in Africa, Asia and Latin America? -Fidel Castro

Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others. -Amelia Earhart

Spend enough time around success and failure, and you learn a reverence for possibility. -Dale Dauten

In general, the Internet was not designed to accommodate deliberate failures to communicate. -Daniel J. Bernstein

For every failure, there's an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour. -Mary Kay Ash

We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse. -Rudyard Kipling

We create success or failure on the course primarily by our thoughts. -Gary Player

Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don't fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgement, repeated every day. -Jim Rohn

There can be no failure to a man who has not lost his courage, his character, his self respect, or his self-confidence. He is still a King. -Orison Swett Marden

Mass transportation is doomed to failure in North America because a person's car is the only place where he can be alone and think. -Marshall McLuhan

Most success springs from an obstacle or failure. I became a cartoonist largely because I failed in my goal of becoming a successful executive. -Scott Adams

If you don't accept failure as a possibility, you don't set high goals, you don't branch out, you don't try – you don't take the risk. -Rosalynn Carter

A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying. -B. F. Skinner

There are only really a few stories to tell in the end, and betrayal and the failure of love is one of those good stories to tell. -Sean Lennon

Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another. -Napoleon Hill

The failure of women to produce genius of the first rank in most of the supreme forms of human effort has been used to block the way of all women of talent and ambition for intellectual achievement. -Anna Garlin Spencer

Success is never final, but failure can be. -Bill Parcells

Testing leads to failure, and failure leads to understanding. -Burt Rutan

If you call failures experiments, you can put them in your resume and claim them as achievements. -Mason Cooley

In the different voice of women lies the truth of an ethic of care, the tie between relationship and responsibility, and the origins of aggression in the failure of connection. -Carol Gilligan

My biggest failure is I have too many to talk about. -Dean Kamen

The higher the artist, the fewer the gestures. The fewer the tools, the greater the imagination. The greater the will, the greater the secret failure. -Ben Okri

One of the common failings among honorable people is a failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonorable some other people can be, and how dangerous it is to trust them. -Thomas Sowell

After my spectacular failures, I could not be satisfied with an ordinary success. -Mason Cooley

We need to accept that we won't always make the right decisions, that we'll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it's part of success. -Arianna Huffington

I read less and less. I have not forgiven books for their failure to tell me the truth and make me happy. -Mason Cooley

You must not demand the failure of your peers, because the more good things that are around in film, in television, in theater – why the better it is for all of us. -Jerome Lawrence

I believe my publisher has shown a great deal of faith in me over a lot of years but I'm not prepared to be so arrogant to say that the long-term literary value of my work would compensate them for a financial failure. -Andrew Vachss

All human actions are equivalent and all are on principle doomed to failure. -Jean-Paul Sartre

The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same. -Colin R. Davis

There is not a fiercer hell than the failure in a great object. -John Keats

Success is more dangerous than failure, the ripples break over a wider coastline. -Graham Greene

A real failure does not need an excuse. It is an end in itself. -Gertrude Stein

Learning starts with failure; the first failure is the beginning of education. -John Hersey

In Washington, success is just a training course for failure. -Simon Hoggart

I think the greatest taboos in America are faith and failure. -Michael Malone

Ken Lay has, does and will continue to accept responsibility for the fall of Enron. He was the man at the controls. But failure is not a crime. -Michael Ramsey

It's a failure of national vision when you regard children as weapons, and talents as materials you can mine, assay, and fabricate for profit and defense. -John Hersey

Religion, oh, just another of those numerous failures resulting from an attempt to popularize art. -Ezra Pound

None of us is guaranteed against failure or corruption of any kind; witness what's going on in the world in this moment, the follies of human nature and the failures of human nature. -Morris West

All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing. -Moliere

The clearest explanation for the failure of any marriage is that the two people are incompatible; that is, that one is male and the other female. -Anna Quindlen

No man ever achieved worth-while success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure. -Napoleon Hill

Criminals are never very amusing. It's because they're failures. Those who make real money aren't counted as criminals. This is a class distinction, not an ethical problem. -Orson Welles

The fear of failure is so great, it is no wonder that the desire to do right by one's children has led to a whole library of books offering advice on how to raise them. -Bruno Bettelheim

I'm sure not afraid of success and I've learned not to be afraid of failure. The only thing I'm afraid of now is of being someone I don't like much. -Anna Quindlen

The point is not to take the world's opinion as a guiding star but to go one's way in life and working unerringly, neither depressed by failure nor seduced by applause. -Gustav Mahler

No experience is a cause of success or failure. We do not suffer from the shock of our experiences, so-called trauma – but we make out of them just what suits our purposes. -Alfred Adler

Unless we practice conservation, those who come after us will have to pay the price of misery, degradation, and failure for the progress and prosperity of our day. -Gifford Pinchot

Ideology, politics and journalism, which luxuriate in failure, are impotent in the face of hope and joy. -P. J. O'Rourke

I simply don't believe in failure. In itself, it doesn't exist. We create it. We make ourselves fail. -Alice Foote MacDougall

Enjoy failure and learn from it. You can never learn from success. -James Dyson

Our Founding Fathers crafted a constitutional Republic for the first time in the history of the world because they were shaping a form of government that would not have the failures of a democracy in it, but had the representation of democracy in it. -Steve King

If you don't fix latent failures in your system, you're asking for trouble. -John Gould

We go there with confidence, but we know there is a very fine line between success and failure in this game. -Alan Shearer

We can't have a failure in Iraq, but we also can't be there for the next 10 years because if we are, it's going to become, I think, a failure in and of itself. -Dennis Ross

But nobody predicted anything of this magnitude in terms of resistance. And in part, the magnitude of the resistance was spurred by our failures in reconstruction. -Wayne White

In retrospect there were failures enough to go around. There were failures before the storm and failures after the storm. -Jeff Sessions

Our failure to properly deal with Germany and Japan early cost the world dearly later on. We dare not make the same mistake with China. -Steve Forbes

I have always believed that it's important to show a new look periodically. Predictability can lead to failure. -T. Boone Pickens

A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it. -Alexandre Dumas

As might be supposed, my parents were quite poor, but we somehow never seemed to lack anything we needed, and I never saw a trace of discontent or a failure in cheerfulness over their lot in life, as indeed over anything. -Albert J. Nock

The failure of academic feminists to recognize difference as a crucial strength is a failure to reach beyond the first patriarchal lesson. In our world, divide and conquer must become define and empower. -Audre Lorde

In America, there's a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world. -Barack Obama

We judged that a sudden, disorderly failure of Bear would have brought with it unpredictable but severe consequences for the functioning of the broader financial system and the broader economy, with lower equity prices, further downward pressure on home values, and less access to credit for companies and households. -Timothy Geithner

I hate failure and that divorce was a Number One failure in my eyes. It was the worst period of my life. Neither Desi nor I have been the same since, physically or mentally. -Lucille Ball

America traditionally represents the greatest possibility of someone's going from nothing to something. Why? In theory, if not practice, the government stays out of the way and lets individuals take risks and reap rewards or accept the consequences of failure. We call this capitalism – or, at least, we used to. -Larry Elder

Within the U.S., the Obama presidency will be mainly measured by the success or failure of his economic policies. And here, I fear, the monstrous stimulus package with which this administration stumbled out of the gate will prove to be Obama's Waterloo. -Camille Paglia

Big companies are like marching bands. Even if half the band is playing random notes, it still sounds kind of like music. The concealment of failure is built into them. -Douglas Coupland

Sometimes failure isn't an opportunity in disguise, it's just you. -Douglas Coupland

If a building looks better under construction than it does when finished, then it's a failure. -Douglas Coupland

Sometimes the best lighting of all is a power failure. -Douglas Coupland

Without failure there is no sweetness in success. There's no understanding of it. -Glenn Beck

I've criticized President Bush for his failure to use his veto pen. There's plenty of blame to go around. The question is how to solve problems. It's not bailouts. What made America great? Free markets, free enterprise, manufacturing, job creation. That's how we're gonna do it, not by enlarging government. -Scott Brown

I was taught that to create anything you had to believe in failure, simply because you had to be prepared to go through an idea without any fear. Failure, you learned, as I did in art school, to be a wonderful thing. It allowed you to get up in the morning and take the pillow off your head. -Malcolm Mclaren

Well, I think that there's a very thin dividing line between success and failure. And I think if you start a business without financial backing, you're likely to go the wrong side of that dividing line. -Richard Branson

Jobs for every American is doomed to failure because of modern automation and production. We ought to recognize it and create an income-maintenance system so every single American has the dignity and the wherewithal for shelter, basic food, and medical care. I'm talking about welfare for all. Without it, you're going to have warfare for all. -Jerry Brown

The more control you have over your life, the more responsible you feel for your own success – or failure. -Arthur C. Brooks

I – and I still consider myself, I'm sorry to tell you, a Marxist and a Communist, but I couldn't help noticing how all the best Marxist analyses are always analyses of a failure. -Slavoj Zizek

Other countries, such as Israel, successfully employ behavior detection techniques at their airports, but the bloated, ineffective bureaucracy of TSA has produced another security failure for U.S. transportation systems. -John Mica

Taxation is the price we pay for failing to build a civilized society. The higher the tax level, the greater the failure. A centrally planned totalitarian state represents a complete defeat for the civilized world, while a totally voluntary society represents its ultimate success. -Mark Skousen

Even as far back as when I started acting at 14, I know I've never considered failure. -Jennifer Lawrence

The failure of national economic policy is costing us more than jobs; it has begun to weaken that uniquely American spirit of risk-taking, large ambition, and optimism about the future. We must rally them now to bold departures that rebuild our national morale as well as our material prosperity. -Mitch Daniels

So while I will never minimize the costs involved in military action, I am convinced that a failure to act in Libya would have carried a far greater price for America. -Barack Obama

I've probably earned the right to screw up a few times. I don't want the fear of failure to stop me from doing what I really care about. -Emma Watson

Successful entrepreneurs find the balance between listening to their inner voice and staying persistent in driving for success – because sometimes success is waiting right across from the transitional bump that's disguised as failure. -Naveen Jain

In the business world today, failure is apparently not an option. We need to change this attitude toward failure – and celebrate the idea that only by falling on our collective business faces do we learn enough to succeed down the road. -Naveen Jain

When you experience a failure as a leader, don't hide it – talk about it. Your missed opportunity will encourage others to take risks. -Naveen Jain

I don't want to feel like a failure to my daughter. She's the best thing I've ever done. Buffy – pretty great and all, but Charlotte's way better. -Sarah Michelle Gellar

Even in a gleefully negative comic, there is optimism, although it's slightly hidden: It comes out through a comic character's sheer tenacity. He keeps going and trying to find some sort of fulfillment regardless of his perpetual failure record. That's a form of hope, a form of optimism. Really hokey I know, but it's true. -Lev Yilmaz

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. -Steve Jobs

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I, therefore, intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt. -Barack Obama

It's not about failure; it's about trying something and risking something for attaining your goal. -Carol Alt

The institutions of the European Union, and the states that belong to this union, each and every one, are paying the price of our failures, hesitations and contradictions. We should each ask ourselves how personally responsible we are. -Giorgio Napolitano

I was brought up to believe that there is no such thing as failure as long as I'm trying my best. So I've had a 'blood, guts and glory' approach through my whole life. -Ali Larter

My dad encouraged us to fail. Growing up, he would ask us what we failed at that week. If we didn't have something, he would be disappointed. It changed my mindset at an early age that failure is not the outcome, failure is not trying. Don't be afraid to fail. -Sara Blakely

I think failure is nothing more than life's way of nudging you that you are off course. My attitude to failure is not attached to outcome, but in not trying. It is liberating. Most people attach failure to something not working out or how people perceive you. This way, it is about answering to yourself. -Sara Blakely

As a younger player, you always kind of play with that fear of failure. -Jason Giambi

The biggest problem in my life is trying to be the kind of man that I want to be, the father that I want to be, and how to process the failure of my marriage. -Ethan Hawke

As soon as I did my first five minutes of stand-up I knew that I would rather be a failure at comedy than a success in marketing. -Jimmy Carr

It's a European Union of economic failure, of mass unemployment and of low growth. -Nigel Farage

The banking collapse was caused, more than anything, by bad government policy and the total failure of bad regulation, rather than by greed. -Nigel Farage

Ninety-nine percent of pilots that go up never have engine failure, and the 1 percent that do usually land it. But if you're up in the air and something goes wrong, you pull that parachute, and the whole plane goes down slowly. -Cory Lidle

I failed the LSAT. Basically, if I had not failed, I'd have been a lawyer and there would be no Spanx. I think failure is nothing more than life's way of nudging you that you are off course. My attitude to failure is not attached to outcome, but in not trying. It is liberating. -Sara Blakely

You have to be able to accept failure to get better. -LeBron James

I've had great success and I've had catastrophic failure. It's really how you handle the rough stuff that defines you, I think. -Peter Berg

We feel a lot of pressure about looking silly or appearing weak, whatever that means, or being a failure. You have to keep in your head: what's the worst that can happen? -Michael Fassbender

I've learned to think in terms of having a long career. Actors can have very long careers that last until the day we die, but there will be moments when you'll feel like you're a failure or when you're disappointed in yourself. -Bryce Dallas Howard

I grew up playing sports. There is a clear line between success and failure. -Tiki Barber

Divorce is so common and accepted in America that beating myself up over it may sound ridiculous. But I was raised to believe that divorce wasn't an option; to me, divorce equaled failure. I wasn't able to change that equation until I found myself in the right relationship. -Trisha Yearwood

There comes a point in your moviegoing life where you look at the screen and then you look at the world and you ask, 'What is going on?' You want the movies to show you the chaos and mess and risk and failure that are normal for a lot of us. Generally, the movies hide all of that. -Wesley Morris

With the NDAA, his failure to close Guantanamo Bay and the ramping use of drones, President Obama looks suspiciously like President Bush, a man on a quest for American Empire. -Justin Sane

It is hard as an American to support the failure of American military operations in Iraq. Such failure will bring with it the death and wounding of many American service members, and many more Iraqis. -Scott Ritter

The difference between a beautifully made failure and a beautifully made hit is who you've got playing the leads. -Steven Moffat

Only one guy can be world champion, and so if everyone else thought they were failures you'd have no one left on the grid. -Mark Webber

You know, be able to do something great in your life, you're gonna have to realize your failures. You're gonna have to embrace them and figure out how to overcome it. -Dave Chappelle

You get so afraid of failure and so afraid of losing and so afraid of not being the best that it's not a natural drive – it's born out of fear of failure. Which helps in Hollywood. -Gabrielle Union

I was convicted of three misdemeanors of willful failure to file a form. -Wesley Snipes

My work ethic came from my parents and my fear of failure. I came from a small, predominantly black school and I didn't want to let them down. -Jerry Rice

But I look at failure as education. In that respect, I am so well-educated. -Kathy Ireland

I don't have a fear factor. Well, not much of one. And I'm willing to risk quite a lot – as a comedian, you're always risking a lot. You're risking failure, especially if you're improvising and going on TV shows trying to make comedy out of thin air. That is quite a risky business. -David Walliams

That's the conundrum of cartoon stripping, as opposed to political cartoons. When your anger is the driving force of your drawing hand, failure follows. The anger is OK, but it has to serve the interests of the heart, frankly. -Berkeley Breathed

You'll never convince me there is a hopeless situation or there is any finality in any success or any failure. -Carlos Ghosn

I don't need to be looking at every failure of government, I need to be looking where failure of government needs reform. -Darrell Issa

I have a lot of insecurities, but you learn from your failures. -Helmut Lang

I wish I had been more prepared, both for success and for failure, when I was younger. -Molly Ringwald

I've become a professional failure – in order to pay the mortgage I have to remain unemployed. Luckily, a disaster always seems to befall me at exactly the right moment. -Toby Young

America thinks of itself as a meritocracy, so people have more respect for success and more contempt for failure. -Toby Young

In Britain, by contrast, we still think that class plays a part in determining a person's life chances, so we're less inclined to celebrate success and less inclined to condemn failure. The upshot is that it's much easier to be a failure in Britain than it is in America. -Toby Young

We know there is no such thing as freedom without the risk of failure. -Rick Perry

I think everyone shares a fear of failure – that you're only as good as your most recent collection. That's definitely a fear, but it's a fear that fuels me, that makes me want to work harder, that makes me take on more challenges. -Alexander Wang

Once you can accept failure, you can have fun and success. -Rickey Henderson

Schools don't really allow failure and yet it's a valid part of any endeavour, not just writing. -Roddy Doyle

We now live in a world where the only thing to have is success, but failure is marvelous. It's fertiliser, it's like living fertiliser, because you're forced on yourself. -Rupert Everett

In a crowded marketplace, fitting in is a failure. In a busy marketplace, not standing out is the same as being invisible. -Seth Godin

Success is not a good teacher, failure makes you humble. -Shah Rukh Khan

Success and failure are both part of life. Both are not permanent. -Shah Rukh Khan

Even when you have doubts, take that step. Take chances. Mistakes are never a failure – they can be turned into wisdom. -Cat Cora

And obviously, with hindsight now, now knowing what went on in the company, it would have been absolutely appropriate back then for us to have the chief executive of the company, most senior person in the United Kingdom, come and answer for the policy they were pursuing. And we ducked that, and frankly that's a failure of Parliament. -Tom A. Watson

It's frustrating; terrorism is rare and largely ineffectual, yet we regularly magnify the effects of both their successes and failures by terrorizing ourselves. -Bruce Schneier

Acting allows me the freedom to let go, to be in the moment, to be spontaneous. I no longer have the fear of losing, of failure. -Cathy Rigby

I have a tendency to sabotage relationships; I have a tendency to sabotage everything. Fear of success, fear of failure, fear of being afraid. Useless, good-for-nothing thoughts. -Michael Buble

In other words, don't expect to always be great. Disappointments, failures and setbacks are a normal part of the lifecycle of a unit or a company and what the leader has to do is constantly be up and say 'we have a problem, let's go and get it'. -Colin Powell

The idea of capitalism is not just success but also the failure that allows success to happen. -P. J. O'Rourke

I think you can have 10,000 explanations for failure, but no good explanation for success. -Paulo Coelho

Some of the reasons John McCain lost in 2008 were his lackluster campaign, his refusal to showcase Obama's extreme liberalism and, thus, his failure to demonstrate why he would make a better president than Obama. -David Limbaugh

Why do we capital-N Nerds love Mars so much? Because it's beautiful, it's tough, it's buried in our mythic, childhood memories. It's covered with human triumphs but also with sad stories of failure. -Greg Bear

I was once a welfare recipient and am very aware of the successes and failures of this critical safety net. There are those that would have us believe that those receiving TANF benefits are lazy, shiftless, freeloaders who are just sitting around thinking of another way to suckle from the government teat. -Gwen Moore

You can't live your life blaming your failures on your parents and what they did or didn't do for you. You're dealt the cards that you're dealt. I realised it was a waste of time to be angry at my parents and feel sorry for myself. -Drew Barrymore

Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation. I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure. Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins. -Charles Stanley

Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again. -Richard Branson

The deepest failures any fiction writer is likely to have are failures of not quite comprehending the truth of the story that he or she is telling. -Richard Russo

I think you have to try and fail, because failure gets you closer to what you're good at. -Louis C. K.

I don't understand a way to work other than bold-facedly running towards failure. -Cate Blanchett

My films seem to be about men's struggle with failure. -Tom Hooper

On balance, my life has been a constant stream of blessings rather than disappointments and failures and tragedies. I wish I had been re-elected. I think I could have kept our country at peace. I think I could have consolidated what we achieved at Camp David with a treaty between Israel and the Palestinians. -Jimmy Carter

Success comes when people act together; failure tends to happen alone. -Deepak Chopra

Why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. -J. K. Rowling

There's no right or wrong, success or failure. -Miley Cyrus

As any student of literature knows, the books that last are often not the books that are most popular when they are written. Both 'Moby Dick' and 'The Great Gatsby' were complete failures, critically and commercially, when they first appeared. -Michael Cunningham

Who I am as a guitarist is defined by my failure to become Jimi Hendrix. -John Mayer

We're born with success. It is only others who point out our failures, and what they attribute to us as failure. -Whoopi Goldberg

I've had a lot of success; I've had failures, so I learn from the failure. -Gordon Ramsay

If you're a doctor or a lawyer or teacher, if you only get three things right out of 10, you're considered a failure. -Jamie Moyer

I think as humans, no one remembers their successes, everyone just remembers their failures. -Mindy Kaling

The exposed nature of life in the public square affects leaders' attitudes toward risk – and failure. -Dee Dee Myers

As long as the G.O.P., led by its increasingly visible women, continues to insist that the problem is not their policies but women's failure to understand their own lives and interests, the gender gap won't go away. -Dee Dee Myers

Whether in success or in failure, I'm proud of every single movie I've ever directed. -Steven Spielberg

If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure. -Al Gore

Some people will go to the opening of an envelope. They live their lives in the public eye and get off on it, they need it. They need that kind of adoration. If their name isn't in the tabloids once a week they feel like a failure. -Jensen Ackles

Politically there were failures. And also on the personal level, there were tremendous failures. -Arnold Schwarzenegger

Ambitious failure, magnificent failure, is a very good thing. -Guy Kawasaki

There is no middle ground in Hollywood; you're a failure or you're a success. That mentality is wild. -Javier Bardem

The traditional religious right's failure to restore public-school prayer or pass an antiabortion constitutional amendment has likely helped fuel the spread of the more extreme dominionist school. -Jon Meacham

It's not that we fly by the seat of our pants. We're not afraid of failure. -Craig Ferguson

I realized that I was afraid to really, really try something, 100%, because I had never reached true failure. -Trent Reznor

There's always failure. And there's always disappointment. And there's always loss. But the secret is learning from the loss, and realizing that none of those holes are vacuums. -Michael J. Fox

My failures have made me look at myself in a way I've never wanted to before. -Tiger Woods

So many financial dreams are thwarted by the failure to act upon good intentions. -Suze Orman

I don't want the fear of failure to stop me from doing what I really care about. -Emma Watson

I'm fully aware that things that resonate and become real hits are the exception to the rule, so much so that I've wired myself for failure. -Ron Perlman

I mean, I love L.A. – I love living here. But I wish that we could make things without the need to hit a home run every single time. It's a unique thing to Hollywood that if you don't do that every time, then you're considered a failure. But it's like, 'Well, are you making movies to be successful? Or are you making movies to learn something?' -Kristen Stewart

One must never assume that a character is sympathetic because of either the actor playing them or the fact that they're a lead. I think that's a recipe for failure, actually, because if they become unsympathetic, you lose your audience. -Melissa Rosenberg

Coming to terms with the fact that my marriage was a failure was devastating and very difficult. -Sarah McLachlan

Ultimately, all human activities have as their goal the realization of happiness. Why, then, have we ended up producing the opposite result? Could the underlying cause be our failure to correctly understand the true nature of happiness? -Daisaku Ikeda

Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive. -Andy Grove

The failure of world leaders to act on the critical issue of global warming is often blamed on economic considerations. -David Suzuki

I feel, in the end, as if everything I've done has been a failure. -Jonathan Kozol

By far the most important factor in the success or failure of any school, far more important than tests or standards or business-model methods of accountability, is simply attracting the best-educated, most exciting young people into urban schools and keeping them there. -Jonathan Kozol

I've never held myself up particularly high when I had movies that worked, and I never held myself all that low when I had failures. -Ben Affleck

I've made so many mistakes. But it is my feeling that you learn from failures, so I welcome them as often as I can. -David Duchovny

The hippy movement was a failure. -Joe Strummer

If I didn't have children, I think my life would be a failure. -Yann Martel

Every book I've written has been a different attempt to understand something, and the success or failure of the previous one is irrelevant. I write the book I want. -Yann Martel

I'm fascinated by failure, and I'm fascinated by finality. Shakespeare's historical plays are more universal than his comedies because they relate to the finality of life. Without finality, life would not be beautiful. -George Hickenlooper

I went to a motivational training course once, a course of self-discovery, and I found out after a week that my fear – it was not a fear of not being accepted – was a very violent fear of failure. -Emanuel Steward

Washington, D.C. is what is broken, not the immigration policies. We have good laws. We have people suffer every day because of government's failure to enforce the law and be respectful to the process we have. We have a pathway to citizenship already in place. -Russell Pearce

The failure of the White House and Congress to seriously address the nation's fiscal situation is certain to broaden the belief among many voters that the U.S. political system is broken. -Ron Fournier

With improvisation, I just do it. It might be a total failure but then you just throw the dice again. -Christian Marclay

I may be a successful football player, but I feel like such a failure. -Brett Favre

Unwillingness to risk failure is always there, but it gets harder when you feel you have more to lose. -Demi Moore

If you've gone into a marriage and you haven't been clear about how you're going to handle money, how you want to raise kids, who is going to work or stay home or what have you, then you've set yourself up for failure. -Phil McGraw

Success is always less funny than failure. -Jon Ronson

I'm not scared of anything in particular, but I am motivated by a fear of failure as opposed to a need to succeed. -Heston Blumenthal

You shouldn't be afraid of failure – when something fails, you think, 'What did I learn from that experience? I can do better next time.' Then kill that project and move on to the next. Don't get disappointed. -Niklas Zennstrom

Sometimes, leaders' failures can cost these young people's lives. -Hussein of Jordan

The sentiments in Hawaii about Washington's failure of leadership are no different than the rest of the country. -Ed Case

In tennis, it is not the opponent you fear, it is the failure itself, knowing how near you were but just out of reach. -Andy Murray

There's something to be said for failing. It's not the failure you feel, it's the failure that people project when something disappoints. You're back to ground zero, where there's no expectations, and that's where I like to be. -Kevin Smith

God's forgiveness allows us to be honest with ourselves. We recognize our imperfections, admit our failures, and plead to God for clemency. -Jonathan Sacks

I get asked, 'How can you have such failures in your films?' Well, what else is life about? There's some sense of constant failure in something. Humor gives you a distance from it. -Alexander Payne

I'm totally an anxious mess all the time. There's a constant dialogue going on in my brain, and it's just reminding me of all the failures that I have had, and all of the things I need to do, and all of the things I'm not doing good enough. -Aubrey Plaza

At the end of the day I have always seen the end of my relationships as a personal failure. There is nothing ever pretty in saying goodbye. -Elisabetta Canalis

I have experienced failure as a politician and for that very reason, I am ready to give everything for Japan. -Shinzo Abe

I assume everything I do in life is gonna be a failure, and then if it turns up roses, then I'm psyched. -Jonah Hill

If you get into a Broadway show and it doesn't work, you're a failure. And if it does work, you may be stuck for who knows how long. It just doesn't sound great to me! -Betty White

I love Rauschenberg. I love that he created a turning point in visual history, that he redefined the idea of beauty, that he combined painting, sculpture, photography, and everyday life with such gall, and that he was interested in, as he put it, 'the ability to conceive failure as progress.' -Jerry Saltz

With everything that is complex, we learn. If you don't learn, then it's an utter and abject failure. If you do learn, and you're able to apply that to the next situation, then you take away a measure of success. -Ben Carson

When you're fearless, you take more risks because you're less conscious of failure or what can go wrong. -Brett Ratner

If you have a level of expectation in your life that you have to be a quote-unquote star, whatever that means, you might be setting yourself up for failure. -Bryan Cranston

I find writing very difficult. It's hard and it hurts sometimes, and it's scary because of the fear of failure and the very unpleasant feeling that you may have reached the limit of your abilities. -Tony Kushner

If 50 percent of your career is not filled with failure, you're not really successful. -John Larroquette

I hate how box-office failures are blamed on an actress, yet I don't see a box-office failure blamed on men. -Ellen Page

I've never really been very good at marriage. It's one of my failures. I've tried my best, but I do realise the common denominator is me; it's something I'm doing. -Len Goodman

I think there's something quite interesting about the almost tragic quality of a lot of overwrought prose, because it has a much more self-conscious awareness of its own failure to touch the real. -China Mieville

I guess I've played a lot of failures, which is a Huston quality, I guess. I love losers, though, and have never met anyone who hasn't been one sometime. I'm always looking to understand them, and my father had an extremely keen eye to be able to dissect and bring that forward in the way he told his stories. -Danny Huston

The vast majority of large scale change efforts fail. Which means that the probability that you have actually experienced a failure, and your people know that and are pessimistic, therefore, about trying something again, is very high. -John P. Kotter

Failure is what we're all running from, we're always running toward success with failure at our back. -Natalie Goldberg

Critics? Don't talk to me of critics! You think some jackanapes journalist, his soul eaten away by the maggots of jealousy and failure, has anything worthwhile to say of art? I don't. -Jonathan Raban

The great thing about baseball is the causality is easy to determine and it always falls on the shoulders of one person. So there is absolute responsibility. That's why baseball is psychologically the cruelest sport and why it really requires psychological resources to play baseball – because you have to learn to live with failure. -Michael Mandelbaum

Admitting failure is quite cleansing, but never – pleasurable. -Michael Morpurgo

Sadness is a super important thing not to be ashamed about but to include in our lives. One of the bigger problems with sadness or depression is there's so much shame around it. If you have it you're a failure. You are felt as being very unattractive. -Mike Mills

President Obama's policies have been categorical failures for our country. Unemployment is over nine percent, our deficits are growing, and small businesses are being burdened with regulations. -Tim Griffin

I'm living life as best I can – but I'm not exempt from failure and making bad choices. -LeAnn Rimes

Well, the idea is that failure is an inevitable partner on the road to success and, if you're not willing to confront failure, you can never find out how good you are. -Peter Guber

Beside every great success are the seeds of enormous failure. In every failure, there's the opportunity seeds of great success. They're not miles apart. So if they're that close together, and if you're really working, you're always gonna have that likelihood that something's not going to work. -Peter Guber

I made a very conscious effort to finish 'The Cypress House' before 'So Cold the River' launched, because I thought that would help build a buffer between my writing and any impact that came from either the success or the failure of that first book. -Michael Koryta

I'm kind of a failure. I mean, I'll be honest. I'm successful in that I'm getting to work on great stuff, but I think I'm a failure in all the personal stuff that is most important to me. -Paul Feig

Our nation's Social Security Trust Fund is depleting at an alarming rate, and failure to implement immediate reforms endangers the ability of Americans to plan for their retirement with the options and certainty they deserve. -Pete Sessions

My film directorial career has been nothing but repetition of one failure after another! -Takeshi Kitano

But thankfully, my first album, 'Wide Screen,' was sort of a critics' darling – everyone raved about it, but no one bought it. They only manufactured 10,000 copies; I wasn't even in the running for failure! -Rupert Holmes

Don't take too much comfort in the fact that you're successful today because tomorrow could bring failure. There's no surety in life. -Michael Savage

I've always embraced failure as a noble pursuit. It allows you to be anti whatever anyone wants you to be, and to break all the rules. -Malcolm Mclaren

What matters is this: Being fearless of failure arms you to break the rules. In doing so, you may change the culture and just possibly, for a moment, change life itself. -Malcolm Mclaren

Everyone should be commended for allowing people to make disasters, to make failures – you've just got to be sure that it's a magnificent failure and that, by creating a magnificent failure, you plant the seed. -Malcolm Mclaren

Art school had taught me it was far better to be a flamboyant failure than any kind of benign success. -Malcolm Mclaren

War is society's dirty work, usually done by kids cleaning up failures perpetrated by adults. -Karl Marlantes

Before I was married, I didn't consider my failure to manage even basic hand tools a feminist inadequacy. I thought it had more to do with being Jewish. The Jews I knew growing up didn't do 'do-it-yourself.' When my father needed to hammer something he generally used his shoe, and the only real tool he owned was a pair of needle-nose pliers. -Ayelet Waldman

I'm simply a businessman who has seen his share of failures and successes. -Jack Whittaker

Divorce is never a pleasant experience. You look upon it as a failure. But I learned to be a different person once we broke up. Sometimes you learn more from failure than you do from success. -Michael Crawford

Among all the tests President Obama faced in his first term, his biggest failure was climate change. -Jeff Goodell

I'd like to see much more understanding of emotional issues around hurt, abandonment, disappointment, longing, failure and shame, where they stem from and how they drive people and policies brought into public discourse. -Susie Orbach

Everybody keeps saying that India's a poor country. Yes, we have poverty. But I blame the government of India, the political establishment, for their failure to educate and therefore their failure to control the poverty. -Vijay Mallya

The attributes for entrepreneurs cut both ways. You need the ability to ignore inconvenient facts and see the world as it should be and not as it is. This inspires people to take huge leaps of faith. But this blindness to facts can be a liability, too. The characteristics that help entrepreneurs succeed can also lead to their failure. -Eric Ries

I can't say I'm not grateful to have journalists writing about me as a genius. But I know it's not true. I'm not confused. I understand that success comes through a lot of failure and a lot of very embarrassing failure. People want to create the next Facebook, but they are too afraid to create the next Facemash. -Eric Ries

Start-ups make so many mistakes that the challenge to identify the root cause of a failure is tough. But believing in your own plan is probably the worst. -Eric Ries

Famous pivot stories are often failures but you don't need to fail before you pivot. All a pivot is is a change is strategy without a change in vision. Whenever entrepreneurs see a new way to achieve their vision – a way to be more successful – they have to remain nimble enough to take it. -Eric Ries

Most employees want to be involved in a successful business and most employees are happy for people running successful businesses to be paid a reasonable wage and a market rate for it, provided they understand the reason. What they hate most of all is pay for failure. -Stuart Rose

Has Bill Clinton inspired idealism in the young, as he himself was inspired by John F. Kennedy? Or has he actually reduced their idealism? Surely part of the answer lies in Clinton's personal moral lapse with Monica Lewinsky. But more important was his sin of omission – his failure to embrace a moral cause beyond popularity. -Arlie Russell Hochschild

So long as TARP money is wrapped up in GM, the company will never shake its 'Government Motors' image. That label, as competitors and GM employees are keenly aware, is code for one thing: 'GM is a failure.' -Edward Whitacre, Jr.

Every American president must be held to the highest standard. No president of any color should be given a free pass for screw-ups, lies or failure to keep a promise. -Juan Williams

How important is failure – yes, failure – to the health of a thriving, innovative business? So important that Ratan Tata, chairman of India's largest corporation, gives an annual award to the employee who comes up with the best idea that failed. -Naveen Jain

Call it the Tiger Mom effect: In the business world today, failure is apparently not an option. -Naveen Jain

I used to think that divorce meant failure, but now I see it more as a step along the path of self-realization and growth. -Alana Stewart

I'm finding that success is way more time-consuming than failure ever was. -Emma Donoghue

One of the things my service in Iraq did give me was this freedom from fear of failure or any kind of expectations that I had to take a standard path. -Kevin Powers

It's okay to fail 'cause there's no failure, you're just informing the richness of your experience, and that's – that's the greatest gift you can possibly give yourself. -Ben Foster

As long as there are people in education making excuses for failure, cursing future generations with a culture of low expectations, denying children access to the best that has been thought and written, because Nemo and the Mister Men are more relevant, the battle needs to be joined. -Michael Gove

In Chicago, you have an absence of strong family units, and that absence gets filled by gangs. You have a failure in the school system, after-school programs and other social programs to help keep kids off the streets. Amnesty International speaks to that in some way, by keeping these issues in the forefront. -Lupe Fiasco

The revolutions of my century, the 20th century – the Soviet revolution, or the Chinese, or the revolutions that were fomented in Latin America, such as in Cuba – failed for the most part, a failure which was completely clear by the end of the century. -Stephane Hessel

Kids have been let down by adults – we've tried to give them too much, we've tried not to impose discipline. We've tried to make their lives easier and, in doing so, we've taken something away from them. Kids like boundaries, they also like to be pushed, need to learn what failure is all about, need guidance. -Daley Thompson

One of the best predictors of ultimate success in either sales or non-sales selling isn't natural talent or even industry expertise, but how you explain your failures and rejections. -Daniel H. Pink

I think one of the biggest political failures, and the biggest social failures, over the past few years has been the failure of empathy; not being able to look at the other person down the street. -Colum McCann

I liked drawing and painting, because the only failure would be to listen to the doubters who wanted me to stop drawing and painting because 'you aren't going to make a living doing that.' I liked looking in art books at the work of painters. -Billy Childish

If I were not African, I wonder whether it would be clear to me that Africa is a place where the people do not need limp gifts of fish but sturdy fishing rods and fair access to the pond. I wonder whether I would realize that while African nations have a failure of leadership, they also have dynamic people with agency and voices. -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I believe that, in an ideal world, writers would feel free to write what matters to them without having to consider success, failure, the market, etc. -Claire Messud

To me the ego is the habitual and compulsive thought processes that go through everybody's mind continuously. External things like possessions or memories or failures or successes or achievements. Your personal history. -Eckhart Tolle

At the heart of the failure of most plays is the inability to carry on a thoughtful conversation about your work with yourself. -Marsha Norman

My great fear has always been complete and utter failure. Hence, you see, all the dispossessed people in my fiction, and why I try to earn as much money as I can. It's a defense. I don't enjoy it or do anything with it. -Peter Ackroyd

Every company needs to have a skunkworks, to try things that have a high probability of failing. You try to minimize failure, but at the same time, if you're not willing to try things that are inherently risky, you're not going to make progress. -Nolan Bushnell

NASA's myriad failures are in many ways the natural consequence of a catastrophic combination of bureaucracy, monopoly, and a calcifying aversion to the kind of risk necessary for innovation. -Burt Rutan

Forget being 'discovered.' All you can do is write. If you write well enough, and are stubborn enough to embrace failure, and if you happen to fall into the narrow categories that the book market recognizes, then you might make a little money. Otherwise, it's a struggle. A gorgeous struggle. -Jess Walter

The failed stimulus, along with Obamacare's long list of failures, show what happens when Congress passes laws in a rush. -John Barrasso

It's sobering to think of the seventeen chief justices; certainly a solid majority of them have to be characterized as failures. The successful ones are hard to number. -John Roberts

People, for reasons of their own, often fail to do things that would be good for them or good for society. Those failures – joined with the similar failures of others – can readily have a substantial effect on interstate commerce. -John Roberts

We brought Safeco back from the brink of failure. -Mike McGavick

Ireland and its people have much to be proud of. Yet every land and its people have moments of shame. Dealing with the failures of our past, as a country, as a Church, or as an individual is never easy. Our struggle to heal the wounds of decades of violence, injury and painful memory in Northern Ireland are more than ample evidence of this. -Sean Brady

Capitalism, after all, is no fun when real failure becomes a possibility. -James Surowiecki

Solyndra's failure isn't a reason for the government to give up on alternative energy, any more than the failure of Pets.com during the Internet bubble means that venture capital should steer clear of tech projects. -James Surowiecki

I'm full of self-doubt. I doubt everything I do. Everything I do is a failure. -John Banville

The only person who needs to know about failure is yourself. -John Connolly

When preaching is done right, it can change lives. When it's done badly, my failure goes beyond the merely human. -John Ortberg

You get up and you preach a sermon and people walk away thinking what a great guy – and that's a failure as a pastor. Our job is to proclaim Christ. -Joshua Harris

A failure doesn't mean you are unworthy, nor does it preclude success on the next try. -Leonard Mlodinow

Most leadership strategies are doomed to failure from the outset. As people have been noting for years, the majority of strategic initiatives that are driven from the top are marginally effective – at best. -Peter Senge

I think we are faced in medicine with the reality that we have to be willing to talk about our failures and think hard about them, even despite the malpractice system. I mean, there are things that we can do to make that system better. -Atul Gawande

You want to ensure people can do it right 99 percent of time. When we have to fire one of our surgical trainees, it is never because they don't have the physical skills but because they don't have the moral skills – to practise and admit failure. -Atul Gawande

Health care confronts us with a difficult test. We have never corrected failure in something so deeply embedded in people's lives and in the economy without the pressure of an outright crisis. -Atul Gawande

Our health-care morass is like the problems of global warming and the national debt – the kind of vast policy failure that is far easier to get into than to get out of. Americans say that they want leaders who will take on these problems. -Atul Gawande

We are strangely biased, as individuals and media institutions, to focus on big sudden changes, whether good or bad – amazing breakthroughs, such as a new gadget that gets released, or catastrophic failures, like a plane crash. -Steven Johnson

It is extraordinary how safe flying has become. You are now statistically more likely to be elected president of the United States in your lifetime than you are to die in a plane crash. What an amazing achievement as a society! But what we end up focusing on are the catastrophic failures that are incredibly rare but happen every now and then. -Steven Johnson

Burnout is grist to the mill. I write every day, for most of the day, so it's just about turning into metaphor whatever's going on in my life, in the world, and in my head. Every nightmare, every moment of grief or joy or failure, is a moment I can convert into cash via words. -Grant Morrison

I emphasize that virtually every engineering calculation is ultimately a failure calculation, because without a failure criterion against which to measure the calculated result, it is a meaningless number. -Henry Petroski

I employ case studies of failure into my courses, emphasizing that they teach us much more than studies of success. It is not that success stories cannot serve as models of good design or as exemplars of creative engineering. They can do that, but they cannot teach us how close to failure they are. -Henry Petroski

Case studies of failure should be made a part of the vocabulary of every engineer so that he or she can recall or recite them when something in a new design or design process is suggestive of what went wrong in the case study. -Henry Petroski

Any design, whether it's for a ship or an airplane, must be done in anticipation of potential failures. -Henry Petroski

Expect to make some mistakes when you try new and different approaches. Sometimes colossal failures lead to spectacular successes. -Harvey Mackay

The sooner you accept the fact that you will have both successes and failures, the easier it will be to get your business and personal life headed in the right direction. -Harvey Mackay

An optimist understands that life can be a bumpy road, but at least it is leading somewhere. They learn from mistakes and failures, and are not afraid to fail again. -Harvey Mackay

Success unshared is failure. -John Paul DeJoria

The Tea Party people say they're angry about socialism, but maybe they're really angry about capitalism. If there's a sense of being looked down upon, it's that sense of failure that's built into a system that assures everyone they can make it to the top, but then reserves the top for only a tiny fraction of the strivers. -Gail Collins

I've probably failed more often than anybody else in Silicon Valley. Those don't matter. I don't remember the failures. You remember the big successes. -Vinod Khosla

Every time I act on a fear, I feel disappointed in myself. I have a lot of fear. If I can quit all fear in my life and all guilt, then I tend to be much, much more living up to my standards. I've never seen a person fail if they didn't fear failure. -Sebastian Thrun

I have tried to devote my life – with all my husband failures, father failures, pastor failures, friend failures, any other possible failures I'm sure I've done them – to the God-centeredness of God and my aspiring, yearning to join Him in that activity. God is passionate about hallowing the name of God. -John Piper

The failures of other genres to provide an emotional connection with some of their characters and narratives gives memoir a toehold. -Mary Karr

The failure to work out sensible budgets makes it impossible for government agencies to make long-term plans, and instead leaves them scrambling to spend money in the short term. -Matt Taibbi

The threat posed by Bank of America isn't just financial – it's a full-blown assault on the American dream. Where's the incentive to play fair and do well, when what we see rewarded at the highest levels of society is failure, stupidity, incompetence and meanness? If this is what winning in our system looks like, who doesn't want to be a loser? -Matt Taibbi

What America does best is produce the ability to accept failure. -Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Ignorance is the failure to discriminate between the permanent and the impermanent, the pure and the impure, bliss and suffering, the Self and the non-Self. -Patanjali

Parents are perhaps the most common object of resentment, the people who are most frequently blamed for all our failings and failures alike. -Theodore Dalrymple

Suffering, failure, loneliness, sorrow, discouragement, and death will be part of your journey, but the Kingdom of God will conquer all these horrors. No evil can resist grace forever. -Brennan Manning

Without exposure to potential failure, there is no risk. -Brennan Manning

I do think the biggest problem newspapers have is loss of trust, and I feel that's a result of failure to speak truth to power. -Craig Newmark

As an outside; don't worry about failure, because failure will take care of itself. Focus on success. -Henry Cavill

When counting on learning from innovation, there are great successes but also failures. The Wright Brothers invented the aircraft and started an amazing process of innovation, where we now have planes that carry 500 passengers. Along the way there were some silly looking vehicles that crashed early on. -Sheldon Whitehouse

It is easier to win than to fail. Everybody sides with the winner. But the failure walks alone. -George Matthew Adams

This is the paradox for me: in failure alone is there any possibility of success. I don't think I'm alone in this – nor do I think it's an attitude that only prevails among people whose work is obviously 'creative'. -Will Self

Golf is a game of endless failure and frustration. -Mike Greenberg

I feel like every time I take on a movie, it's important that the possibility of failure exists, and of the unknown, because it's a challenge to do something I haven't done before and something I have to try to work out. -Marc Forster

The only way to security for Israel and a humane life for Palestinians in their own land is political. No matter where the fault for past negotiating failures lies, there is no other path. -Anthony Lewis

I've never been a jealous person, and I've never felt built up by someone else's failure – that's a cheap thrill. -Matthew McConaughey

We dissect failure a lot more than we dissect success. -Matthew McConaughey

I don't see divorce as a failure. I see it as the end to a story. In a story, everything has an end and a beginning. -Olga Kurylenko

Risk is to do something that 99 percent of the time would be a failure. -Ferran Adria

A man obsessed with failure has succeeded better than others in portraying it. -Erland Josephson

I have been traveling to every corner of the great state of Florida. I've met some great people and we've had an honest discussion about the failures of Washington. -Adam Hasner

My greatest fear is failure. -Chris Zylka

It is not astonishing that there are many journalists who have become human failures and worthless men. Rather, it is astonishing that, despite all this, this very stratum includes such a great number of valuable and quite genuine men, a fact that outsiders would not so easily guess. -Max Weber

To me, the failure of liberalism – the tradition I come from – was not recognizing there has to be justice across the generations. -Richard Lamm

The world today is so full of violence, obscenity, war, the failure of political systems. I try to make movies that make people a bit more confident. But that doesn't mean being sugary. -Rouben Mamoulian

You don't go into anything contemplating failure, because if you did, you wouldn't make it. -Simon Cowell

In taking stock of ourselves, we should not forget that fear plays a large part in the drama of failure. That is the first thing to be dropped. Fear is a mental deficiency susceptible of correction, if taken in hand before it gains an ascendency over us. Fear comes with the thought of failure. -Douglas Fairbanks

Indulging in unrestrained and immoderate laughter is a sign of intemperance, of a want of control over one's emotions, and of failure to repress the soul's frivolity by a stern use of reason. -Saint Basil

One thing about open source is that even the failures contribute to the next thing that comes up. Unlike a company that could spend a million dollars in two years and fail and there's nothing really to show for it, if you spend a million dollars on open source, you probably have something amazing that other people can build on. -Matt Mullenweg

The truth is when you have a movie that was as successful as 'Chronicle' was, it's not as quick of a process. There are a lot more voices coming in and saying 'This is what the sequel should be' because there's a bigger expectation and a bigger fear of failure. And that's really what's going on with 'Chronicle 2.' -Max Landis

With stand-up, it's more interesting to hear about people's failures than their successes. -Aziz Ansari

Your personal life, your professional life, and your creative life are all intertwined. I went through a few very difficult years where I felt like a failure. But it was actually really important for me to go through that. Struggle, for me, is the most inspirational thing in the world at the end of the day – as long as you treat it that way. -Skylar Grey

Global poverty is the product of reversible policy failures overseen by politicians, past and present. The poorest of the poor don't vote in American or European elections. They don't make donations to political parties or hire lobbyists in D.C., London or Canberra. -Hugh Evans

What people often ask me is, 'What are the ingredients of Silicon Valley?' While the answer to that is complex, some of the ingredients I talk about are celebrating entrepreneurship, accepting failure, and embracing a mobile and diverse workforce. -John Roos

A successful entrepreneur can't be afraid of failures or setbacks. An initial setback can be a great opportunity to take a new and more promising approach to any problem, to come back stronger than ever. -John Roos

In the old days, variety turns like me learned how to cope with failure – we all had nights when we 'died' on stage – but today's youngsters simply don't have that experience. For them, it really is instant make or break time – hence, all the tears and, hence, all the potential emotional damage. -Bruce Forsyth

Despite the successes, you remember the failures – rather lovingly. -Harold Prince

As athletes, we're defined by what we've accomplished. Those are what most people remember and what you get paid for. But I learned more from my failures than from all of my successes put together – failures as an athlete and as a person. -Dan O'Brien

I've always had to have some kind of failure before I was successful. -Dan O'Brien

After the failure in '92, my goal was to be a good pole vaulter. I used that as motivation. -Dan O'Brien

The most successful families embrace and elevate their family history, particularly their failures, setbacks and other missteps. -Bruce Feiler

For market discipline to constrain risk effectively, financial institutions must be allowed to fail. Under optimal financial regulatory and financial system infrastructures, such a failure would not threaten the overall system. -Henry Paulson

A failure to act is a terrible, stunning legacy for any leader. But far worse when it is the president of the United States. And that's the point driven home by Romney's selection of Ryan, who dared to lead when Obama did not. -Mark McKinnon

When you say 'failure,' that seems really dramatic, but a lot of failure is just really depressing and mundane. I remember the first time I ever played a concert in Italy. I played a venue that held 900 people, and I think five people showed up. It wasn't a big, 'John Carter of Mars' type failure. It wasn't dramatic; it was just depressing. -Moby

It implies a slight failure as a writer that you are reduced to being a ghostwriter for the money. -Robert Harris

I think that a failure of statistical thinking is the major intellectual shortcoming of our universities, journalism and intellectual culture. -Steven Pinker

Due to the failure of politics, which has become a process of middle-management, art has become one of the last open spaces to question core beliefs and to design a viable future. Art becomes an open space where we can ask fundamental questions about ourselves. -Antony Gormley

Is there any possibility of giving international air travel, which we all need and use and hate, a touch of glamour, or even of reliable, soulless efficiency? I suspect future historians will puzzle over our failure. But by then, of course, we shall be in the age of mass space travel, with its fresh and unimaginable crop of horrors. -Paul Johnson

The U.S. has a law on the books called the debt limit, but the name is misleading. The debt limit started in 1917 for the purpose of facilitating more national debt, not reducing it. It still serves that purpose. It's unconnected to spending, hurts our credit rating and has been an abject failure at limiting debt. -David Malpass

What we need to understand is, one, that there are market failures; and two, that there are things like asset bubbles and irrational exuberance. There are periods of booms, bubbles, and manias. These things, if left to themselves, can lead to crashes, to busts, to panics. -Nouriel Roubini

Mistakes are the best teachers. One does not learn from success. It is desirable to learn vicariously from other people's failures, but it gets much more firmly seared in when they are your own. -Mohnish Pabrai

The entrepreneurial life is one of challenge, work, dedication, perseverance, exhilaration, agony, accomplishment, failure, sacrifice, control, powerlessness… but ultimately, extraordinary satisfaction. -David S. Rose

I think I'm less afraid of failure than some others. -Russell Simmons

People are afraid of failure – they don't like to work so hard and have people keep saying, 'No.' I think that's what people fear most. -Russell Simmons

Whether by a Mack truck or by heart failure or faulty lungs, death happens. But life isn't really just about avoiding death, is it? It's about living. -Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick

Exercise, from a public health perspective, is an unmitigated failure. The world's longest-lived people live in environments that nudge them into more movement. They don't use power tools, they do their own yard work, they grow a garden. -Dan Buettner

There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period. -Brene Brown

All actors should experience public failure. -Olivia Wilde

When you taste super-success after tasting super-failure, there is huge relief. -Akshay Kumar

I never feel any pressure about a film. What is meant to happen will happen. I have seen failure as well as success several times. -Akshay Kumar

Success and failure are emotional and physiological experiences. We need to deal with them in a way that is present and calm. -Chade-Meng Tan

I have had unsuccessful films, but I learned a lot from those films. I give my failures as much importance as my success. -Aamir Khan

If the whole process of learning from failure means discarding stuff that's not working, but in fact, our natural reaction is to keep going, to throw more money behind it, to throw more emotional energy behind it… that's a real problem. -Tim Harford

I try to write 1,000 words a day – about three pages. When I reach 1,000 words I feel good. Less than that: a failure. More than that: tired. -Tracy Chevalier

For diabetes in particular, we know there's a relationship between lack of glucose regulation and complications like blindness and kidney failure. So if you were diabetic and you knew that you could get your glucose in a tight, normal range just by adjusting your lifestyle, wouldn't that be great? -Eric Topol

Overhead will eat you alive if not constantly viewed as a parasite to be exterminated. Never mind the bleating of those you employ. Hold out until mutiny is imminent before employing even a single additional member of staff. More startups are wrecked by overstaffing than by any other cause, bar failure to monitor cash flow. -Felix Dennis

The history of using mice to stand in for humans in medical experiments is replete with failures. -Gary Wolf

You will learn more from your failures than your successes – so embrace those mistakes, as difficult as that sounds, and grow from them. When a project is successful, you're never really sure why, because so many elements come into play. However, when you fail, you always know why. That is how you learn and grow. -Lynda Resnick

If we say we trust in Him, but in reality do not, then God, taking us at our word, lets us see that we do not really confide in Him; and hence failure arises. -George Muller

Pride is ugly. It says, 'If you succeed, I am a failure.' -Ezra Taft Benson

If it's a good work of adaptation, the book should remain a book and the film should remain a film, and you should not necessarily read the book to see the film. If you do need that, then that means that it's a failure. That is what I think. -Marjane Satrapi

I can plunk out enough chords to write a song, but I'm completely afraid to play guitar in front of other people. It's a fear of failure, I guess. -Mandy Moore

Every time you go out there to do something, you wonder if you can do it. There's no assured success. There's no secret recipe for success. Every time you go out there, you go out there with the possibility of great failure. -Mel Gibson

The lessons I learned from my mother and her friends have guided me through death, birth, loss, love, failure, and achievement, on to a Fulbright scholarship and Harvard Business School. They taught me to believe that anything was possible. They have proven to be the strongest family values I could ever have imagined. -Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Education is the only billion dollar industry that tolerates abject failure. -Geoffrey Canada

Poverty leads to hardship and failure. -Irwin Redlener

When we're in game worlds, I believe that many of us become the best version of ourselves: the most likely to help at a moment's notice. The most likely to stick with a problem as long as it takes. To get up after failure and try again. -Jane McGonigal

Don't be frightened of failure. It makes you stronger if you learn from your mistakes. -Mark Lawrenson

People think when you have a, quote, 'bank failure,' that that is the end of the bank. And it isn't necessarily. -Michele Bachmann

At the end of the day, you are solely responsible for your success and your failure. And the sooner you realize that, you accept that, and integrate that into your work ethic, you will start being successful. As long as you blame others for the reason you aren't where you want to be, you will always be a failure. -Erin Cummings

My teacher said my brain was the size of a pea. He made my life miserable by singling me out in the classroom as a failure. -Willard Wigan

I always say that failure was my friend. I learned nothing at school, so I just lived in my own world. -Willard Wigan

For my first show at 'SNL', I wrote a Bill Clinton sketch, and during our read-through, it wasn't getting any laughs. This weight of embarrassment came over me, and I felt like I was sweating from my spine out. But I realized, 'Okay, that happened, and I did not die.' You've got to experience failure to understand that you can survive it. -Tina Fey

You know, failure hurts. Any kind of failure stings. If you live in the sting, you will – undoubtedly – fail. My way of getting past the sting is to say no, I'm just not going to let this get me down. -Sonia Sotomayor

If I write a book where all I've ever experienced is success, people won't take a positive lesson from it. In being candid, I have to own up to my own failures, both in my marriage and in my work environment. -Sonia Sotomayor

We will all fail in life, but nobody has to be a failure. Failing at a thing doesn't make you a failure. You are only a failure when you quit trying. -Joyce Meyer

When I was growing up, Brandy was TV star, reality star, a pop star, a Cover girl, Grammy winner, had her own Brandy doll, and was the first African American to play Disney princess Cinderella. Most importantly, she is a survivor. Many only judge and remember a person's most recent failure. -Niecy Nash

An investment said to have an 80% chance of success sounds far more attractive than one with a 20% chance of failure. The mind can't easily recognize that they are the same. -Daniel Kahneman

We're beautiful devices. The devices work well; we're all experts in what we do. But when the mechanism fails, those failures can tell you a lot about how the mind works. -Daniel Kahneman

In essence, the optimistic style involves taking credit for successes but little blame for failures. -Daniel Kahneman

The reality is gas prices should be much more expensive then they are because we're not incorporating the true damage to the environment and the hidden costs of mining oil and transporting it to the U.S. Whenever you have an unpriced externality, you have a bit of a market failure, to the degree that eternality remains unpriced. -Elon Musk

I have had some great successes and great failures. I think every entrepreneur has. I try to learn from all of them. -Kevin O'Leary

Filming 'The Road to Riches' was surprisingly difficult for me. I learned that going back to career successes and failures can be emotionally exhausting as you are forced to revisit the euphoric highs and painful lows in high speed. -Kevin O'Leary

I have met many entrepreneurs who have the passion and even the work ethic to succeed – but who are so obsessed with an idea that they don't see its obvious flaws. Think about that. If you can't even acknowledge your failures, how can you cut the rope and move on? -Kevin O'Leary

Someone once pulled me aside and said it was all right to succeed, and I realised that I knew what failure felt like, but I didn't know what success felt like. I've carried that with me ever since. -Nick Frost

The most effective leaders are actually better at guarding against danger when they acknowledge it that it exists. Cowards, in contrast, cling to the hope that failure will never happen and may be sloppy in the face of danger – not because they don't acknowledge that it exists, but because they are just too afraid of it to look it in the eye. -Simon Sinek

The failures that we have are sometimes expensive educations. -Ashton Kutcher

In terms of relationships, I've had two failures, although I don't like to call them failures; they are self learning, and I cannot say I regret any of my relationships. I've always said that I am a much loved woman. -Kate del Castillo

I believe there's only one regulation in life that works: failure. -Rick Santelli

Milk which is just about to turn is akin to that moment spent on the cusp of failure in a dulled and fettered relationship. -Matt Roper

Believe it or not, Christianity is not about good people getting better. If anything, it is good news for bad people coping with their failure to be good. -Tullian Tchividjian

What is indisputable is the fact that unbelief is the force that gives birth to all of our bad behavior and every moral failure. It is the root. -Tullian Tchividjian

My failure to lay aside the sin that so easily entangles is the direct result of my refusal to die to my natural proclivity toward attaining my own freedom, meaning, value, worth, and righteousness – not believing that, by virtue of my Spirit – wrought union with Christ, everything I need, I already possess. -Tullian Tchividjian

Fear seems to have many causes. Fear of loss, fear of failure, fear of being hurt, and so on, but ultimately all fear is the ego's fear of death, of annihilation. To the ego, death is always just around the corner. In this mind-identified state, fear of death affects every aspect of your life. -Eckhart Tolle

When I was 18, I couldn't wait to move away. I was like: 'If I ever have to come back here, I'll kill myself.' Glasgow seemed like failure and death to me back then, but not any more. -Laura Fraser

I am always naturally drawn to heroines that have human flaws because I enjoy people that have lived their life with courage and make big successes and big failures. -Romola Garai

You always hear that tragedies put sports in perspective, that they prove we shouldn't care this much about the successes and failures of a bunch of wealthy strangers. I'm going the other way – sometimes, sports put everything else in perspective. -Bill Simmons

Lead yourself whenever your boss' leadership deteriorates. When your boss doesn't praise what you do, praise yourself. When your boss doesn't make you big, make yourself big. Remember, if you have done your best, failure does not count. -Mario Teguh

Guys like Todd Bridges never overcame being a child star. You can't have any big failures. I've always felt regular. I played organized ball at the rec league. At 13, they told me I sold 3 million copies. I didn't know what that meant. -Bow Wow

By the time I was a young man, I lived with two deep struggles: I longed to become a cricketer, and I performed miserably in school. Cricket and tennis were all that I lived for. In India, this was a formula for failure. -Ravi Zacharias

Success is more difficult to handle than failure. -Ravi Zacharias

I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I'm like, 'My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don't have it. I just want to chill.' We all have self-doubt. You don't deny it, but you also don't capitulate to it. You embrace it. -Kobe Bryant

There is a 90% failure rate for most shows. It's difficult for any show to write for the next season. -Matt Passmore

I always think about what's the difference between being tenacious and having an inability to learn from failures. The difference between the homeless guy who wanted to be a great painter and the guy who is a great painter could be anything. -Neil Burger

My biggest fear is doing the same things 10 years from now. That would be a failure. It's something you have to constantly reassess, and asking yourself what you are going to do next makes it a good, long full journey. -George Clooney

I know it wouldn't seem like I've had a lot of failure in my career, but there are things that I regard as failures, when I look at certain performances and go, 'That's not good enough.' -Daniel Radcliffe

I think my whole life, because of where I came from, I had a fear of failure. -Howard Schultz

I was afraid of being a failure, of not having the best time or of being chicken. But every year I get older I think, What was I fearing last year?' You forget. And then you move on. -Sandra Bullock

If my child had prejudice in his head, I'd be ashamed. I would see it as my failure as a parent. -Salman Rushdie

The terror of failure can make you feel like a failure. So a bunch of people think you're not very good at your thing. How much do you invest in what they say? How much do you care? Failure is not putting yourself on the line. -Dylan Moran

Smokey Robinson writes the heartfelt songs, whereas it was my job to write the songs about weakness and failure in love. -Elvis Costello

You don't learn from successes; you don't learn from awards; you don't learn from celebrity; you only learn from wounds and scars and mistakes and failures. And that's the truth. -Jane Fonda

A joke is a way to say, 'I'm going to do something funny now. If I don't get a laugh at the end, I'm a failure.' -Penn Jillette

Bacon is so good by itself that to put it in any other food is an admission of failure. You're basically saying, 'I can't make this other food taste good, so I'll throw in bacon.' -Penn Jillette

I even get inspired by movies that aren't very good, because there's always something good in movies that are collectively thought of as a failure. There's good in everything, I find. -Steven Spielberg

I've certainly had less practice at fatherhood than I have at acting, but in fatherhood, at least my failures are private! -Rich Sommer

I don't take success and failure seriously. The only thing I do seriously is march forward. If I fall, I get up and march again. -Kareena Kapoor Khan

We create our own government. We are responsible for its beauty and for its ugliness. We are responsible for its glories and for its failures and, most important, we are responsible for amending those failures no matter who are their most immediate architects. -Charlie Pierce

Don't think about your errors or failures; otherwise, you'll never do a thing. -Bill Murray

The only TV I would be interested in exploring would be live television. There's no substitute for a team of artists performing at their peak live when failure is possible. It's a high-wire act. That excites me. -Francis Ford Coppola

I think we have to face right in the center of the hurricane, if you will, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s foibles and faults. I think that we do no good to ourselves and do no honor to him by pretending that he did not fail, that he did not wrestle greatly and, at times, surrender to his own sins and his own faults and failures. -Michael Eric Dyson

What strikes me is that there's a very fine line between success and failure. Just one ingredient can make the difference. -Andrew Lloyd Webber

One of the most basic factors in sports is that winning becomes a habit, and losing is the same way. When failure starts to feel normal in your life or your work or even your darkest vices, you won't have to go looking for trouble, because trouble will find you. Count on it. -Hunter S. Thompson

I think about all my successes and failures, and sometimes the failures stick in your head as much as the wins. But you do move on. -Frank Lampard

I felt a failure because I couldn't sustain myself from what I earned from my writing. My day jobs were what mattered, and it was hard to even get those because universities wouldn't hire me as a real writer. -Sandra Cisneros

If you were to plot my success or failure, it goes, it very seldom stays on a high plateau. -Jeff Beck

I've had my successes and failures. I know many academics in my field loathe me. I've come to loathe them back, as it seems only polite to do so. But at heart it's absurd; we should band together against the big common enemies. -Alain de Botton

All wars signify the failure of conflict resolution mechanisms, and they need post-war rebuilding of faith, trust and confidence. -A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realise that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives. -A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

I've had many failures in terms of technological… business… and even research failures. I really believe that entrepreneurship is about being able to face failure, manage failure and succeed after failing. -Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

The enemy of human happiness as well as the cause of poverty and starvation is not the birth of children. It is the failure of people to do with the earth what God could teach them to do if only they would ask and then obey, for they are agents unto themselves. -Henry B. Eyring

It's not a failure if a marriage or partnership ends after a certain number of years. I think, in general, we expect too much of partners. We can't fulfil a person's every single need and, after ten years or so, many relationships wear out. If we were more philosophical about it, we wouldn't try to blame the other person or be bitter. -Deborah Moggach

You always want to try, in everything you do, to attempt something you've never tried before, and the only way to succeed at that is through failure, and the only way to succeed through failure is just banging your head against the wall over and over until you get to that interesting thing on the other side. -Beau Willimon

The publishing scene in India is evolving rapidly, and the key challenge is to keep reinventing oneself so that one does not become formulaic. Sometimes it is safer to deal with the consequences of failure than the fruits of success. Remaining on one's toes is critical, and often one finds that success makes one complacent. -Ashwin Sanghi

Successful people have a bigger fear of failure than people who've never done anything because if you haven't been successful, then you don't know how it feels to lose it all. -Jay-Z

Movies are not novels, and that's why, when filmmakers try to adapt novels, particularly long or complex novels, the result is almost always failure. It can't be done. -Paul Auster

I'm drawn to failure. I feel like I'm contending with it constantly in my own life. -Joyce Carol Oates

Sociologists well understand that chaos at home causes violent behavior, educational failure and social alienation among children. Yet, many of us in America stay far, far away from this topic. That in itself is a national scandal. Bad parenting is gravely harming this nation. -Bill O'Reilly

If you set your goals ridiculously high and it's a failure, you will fail above everyone else's success. -James Cameron

War is the greatest failure of mankind. -Aaron Huey

The left puts a lot of faith in a lot of people in the past that were dismal failures that they think are the greatest people who ever lived. -Rush Limbaugh

It's impossible for a Democrat to be a failure. It's impossible for a Democrat to be a reprobate. It's impossible for a Democrat to be a mess. It just isn't possible, as far as the mind-set of the media is concerned. -Rush Limbaugh

Part of being a man is learning to take responsibility for your successes and for your failures. You can't go blaming others or being jealous. Seeing somebody else's success as your failure is a cancerous way to live. -Kevin Bacon

Growing up, I had the weird fantasy list: I wanted to be Alice Cooper, Steven Spielberg, and Stan Lee. You have to have almost psychotic drive, because you're going to have years of failure. -Rob Zombie

When you come off 'The X Factor,' you're more likely to be a failure than a success because people almost want you to fail. There's this kind of feeling that you're separate from everyone else. You get it from artists, people in the industry, people at record labels. -Olly Murs

There are a lot of ways to be expressive in life, but I wasn't good at some of them. Music, for instance. I was a distinct failure with the cello. Eventually, my parents sold the cello and bought a vacuum cleaner. The sound in our home improved. -Sam Abell

Ultimately there is no such thing as failure. There are lessons learned in different ways. -Twyla Tharp

The worst time was 1983. Love and life and everything went wrong. I reached absolute rock bottom. I saw the Minotaur at the bottom of the abyss. I learnt of the harshness of the world and its impartiality to human failure. -Ben Okri

My father was a dreamer – my hero. He was a smart, tough guy from Poland, a cutter of lady's handbags, an old socialist-unionist who always considered himself a failure. His big line was: 'Don't end up like me.' -Alan King

Boston has carried the practice of hypocrisy to the n-th degree of refinement, grace, and failure. -Lincoln Steffens

We need some great failures. Especially we ever-successful Americans – conscious, intelligent, illuminating failures. -Lincoln Steffens

Your attitude towards failure determines your altitude after failure. -John C. Maxwell

The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure. -John C. Maxwell

Without failure there is no achievement. -John C. Maxwell

Inability to make decisions is one of the principal reasons executives fail. Deficiency in decision-making ranks much higher than lack of specific knowledge or technical know-how as an indicator of leadership failure. -John C. Maxwell

I feel that marriage can lead to the ultimate rejection and failure and divorce and things we all fear. -Mike Birbiglia

It's only when you risk failure that you discover things. When you play it safe, you're not expressing the utmost of your human experience. -Lupita Nyong'o

If you fall during your life, it doesn't matter. You're never a failure as long as you try to get up. -Evel Knievel

My failures had a lot to do with my fame. I created Evel Knievel, and then he sort of got away from me. -Evel Knievel

War is tragedy. The great war stories are tragedies. It's the failure of diplomacy. 'War and Peace,' 'A Farewell to Arms,' 'For Whom the Bell Tolls.' Those are some of the greatest tragedies. -David Mamet

Lincoln made mistakes. Roosevelt made mistakes. Eisenhower made mistakes. The Battle of the Bulge was the biggest intelligence failure in American military history, much bigger than any in Vietnam or now. We didn't know that the Soviets were moving 400,000 or 500,000 troops. We missed it. -Rudy Giuliani

Boys with a 'failure to launch' are invisible to most girls. With poor social skills, the boys feel anger at their fear of being rejected and self-loathing at their inability to compete. -Warren Farrell

My greatest sense of accomplishment has come from having two amazing sons, but it's also a paradox in that the times when I felt like the biggest failure have been times when I felt like, as a parent, I wasn't making the right decisions or succeeding in the way that I should. -Michael Franti

I don't think anybody whose ever been divorced can tell you divorce is easy or fun or feels like anything other than a tremendous failure. -Sharon Stone

I just felt that 'Golden Balls' was the right thing to do. I didn't care if people thought I was a failure. -Jasper Carrott

The very phrase 'Oscar night' used to accelerate my pulse. For one thing – dating myself – it meant Bob Hope. He always had good, strong jokes, that faultless delivery, and always a new joke about his own films' failure – once again – to be honored. -Dick Cavett

I don't look at football as a violent, barbaric sport. It's a very spiritual sport, especially for someone facing the challenges during a game: the fear of failure, the fear of getting too big an ego, of making a mistake and everybody criticizing you. -Troy Polamalu

What I try to get physically healthy people to understand is that they're going to die someday. There is no way out. And dying isn't failure, but not living is, so make use of your time. Don't keeping waiting. -Bernie Siegel

There's no amount of money that makes you feel better when people think of you as a joke or a hack or a failure or ugly or stupid or morally empty. -Patrick Stump

The reality of most software development is that the consequences of failure are simply nonexistent. -Dan Kaminsky

I had five years of failure, really, before I had the first initial sign of success. -James Rothman

The tragedy of life is often not in our failure, but rather in our complacency; not in our doing too much, but rather in our doing too little; not in our living above our ability, but rather in our living below our capacities. -Benjamin E. Mays

The very nature of finance is that it cannot be profitable unless it is significantly leveraged… and as long as there is debt, there can be failure and contagion. -Alan Greenspan

Coming to terms with the fact that my marriage was a failure was devastating and very difficult. I blamed myself for a lot of things. It took me a very long time to get over it. -Sarah McLachlan

There's a spectrum of those moments of connection and the moments we fail to connect, going from super-large successes to failures. Success would be love, I guess, and failure could still be love, but the bad side; and loss. -Aimee Bender

I'm not an artist, and I want to take risks, and when the possibility of failure occurs, it's because the idea is all exciting or interesting as a high wire act, and sometimes you've got to fall off, just by virtue of the fact that you're constantly trying to evolve and do new things. -Peter Morgan

I didn't want to get divorced, but at the point where your children are part of it, you have to do something. I would really love it not to have happened because it haunts you, it will never go away, and it is probably the biggest failure, and I have to live with that. -Amanda Harlech

No matter how well things are going, failure and disaster are just around the corner. So celebrate the good, but be ready for the bad. -Vivek Wadhwa

An open-minded and diverse population that readily shares information, encourages experimentation, accepts failure and dispenses with formality and hierarchy is what makes Silicon Valley the successful hub that it is. -Vivek Wadhwa

Already from your own cells scientists can grow skin, cartilage, noses, blood vessels, bladders and windpipes. In the future, scientists will grow more complex organs, like livers and kidneys. The phrase 'organ failure' will disappear. -Michio Kaku

I didn't allow failure to break my heart. So I wouldn't allow success to bloat my head. -Randeep Hooda

I've had my share of struggle. I believe, never take success to your head or failure to your heart. -Randeep Hooda

NBC's pilot season of 1994 is legendary in the business. In a world where failure is commonplace, we midwifed the birth of both 'Friends' and 'ER'. While 'ER' came essentially out of the blue, we'd been casting around for a 'Friends'-like show for some time at the network. -Warren Littlefield

When I started running cross-country and track in high school, literally every race was a failure. -Chad Hurley

Running helped me learn how to deal with failure, and failure is a big part of the Internet business. -Chad Hurley

We all learn lessons in life. Some stick, some don't. I have always learned more from rejection and failure than from acceptance and success. -Henry Rollins

Adam Smith's huge failure was the fact that he did not foresee the industrial revolution. -P. J. O'Rourke

The Communist bloc of old was a study in the failure of failure. Losers in the Soviet economy were the people at the end of the long lines for consumer goods. Worse losers were the people who had spent hours getting to the head of the line, only to be told that the goods were unavailable. -P. J. O'Rourke

Because of my intense hopes for the youth of China, I feel very keenly my responsibility for their future success or failure. The fate of China lies in their hands. The responsibility for organizing and training them to become worthy citizens of China, able to undertake the tasks of Resistance and Reconstruction, is mine; I cannot evade it. -Chiang Kai-shek

Learning to accept failure on multiple levels is, to my way of thinking, the key to become a world-class therapist. But that means humility, and setting your ego aside, while you develop superb new technical skills. -David D. Burns

You can't please everyone, but I've always felt you cannot ultimately lose if you give everything you try 110%. You'll always learn something useful, even from a failure, that can be applied to the next challenge or project. -Mark Ryan

That first company I started made a lot of money for the venture capitalists – nearly $30 million – but next to nothing for the founders. The companies I started after that varied between failures and mediocre successes. But at no point did I ever consider getting a 'real job.' That felt like a black and white world, and I wanted Technicolor. -Michael Arrington

I am living on the razor's edge between success and failure, adulation and humiliation – between justifying my existence and revealing my unworthiness to be alive. -Scott Stossel

I know as a director I hit it out of the park sometimes, and sometimes we haven't, and that's kind of the way art goes. You just have to be willing to take the 'failures' and learn from them, make the best of them. -Tim Story

Television is ultimately a business of failure. You try a lot of things, and most of it fails. -Greg Berlanti

The Conservatives are a confusing lot. They first denied climate change was a serious issue and then suggested strengthening the nuclear industry as a solution to it. They oppose the European Union, but support joining North American Free Trade Agreement, despite its obvious failure. -Zac Goldsmith

Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure. -Paulo Coelho

Failure is never fatal. But failure to change can and might be. -John Wooden

For me, it's always a failure of the imagination. I have that anxiety that time is passing, that everything is ultimately fleeting and impermanent. I better take advantage of every single moment. -Jason Silva

The federal government has been a proven failure in picking winners and losers in the energy sector. -Mike Pompeo

The more times I was turned down, the more I believed I was getting closer to making it. A lot of people in Korea say that failure is the mother of success, so I believed that more times I failed, the more likely I was to succeed. -Rain

I'm quite detached from failure and success. Once a shooting is done, I kind of close that chapter in my life. -Ranbir Kapoor

It feels bad when a film doesn't work; everyone puts in a lot of effort to make a movie. The positive side to failure – they make me work harder. -Shahid Kapoor

In addition to being an economic security issue, the failure to pay women a salary that's equal to men for equal work is also a women's health issue. The fact is that the salary women are paid directly impacts the type of health care services they are able to access for both themselves and their families. -Kirsten Gillibrand

Antitrust is the way that the government promotes markets when there are market failures. It has nothing to do with the idea of free information. -Bill Gates

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